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Bushy Beach

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Address: Bushy Beach Rd, Oamaru, New Zealand

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Only saw two penguins at a distance

We arrived at 4:00 as suggested and waited for about 45 minutes. In that time two penguins arrived on the beach - some distance from the viewing area. We were later told that we... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Sandra F
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55 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We arrived at 4:00 as suggested and waited for about 45 minutes. In that time two penguins arrived on the beach - some distance from the viewing area. We were later told that we were lucky to see two as they are very rare and there are times when none will show.

Thank Sandra F
Sydney, Australia
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6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went there around 4.45pm and waited till 6 pm. We saw 4 seals but no penguins. The beach was far from viewing point. It's free.

Thank redvanes
Christchurch, New Zealand
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279 reviews
84 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Worth a visit but don't expect to see any penguins. Nice little stroll to viewing platforms with great views. Unfortunately we didn't see any penguins but not surprising as people were on the beach at the time.

Thank NZfour
Monza, Italy
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260 reviews
155 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 February 2017

Bushy beach is a quiet beach along Oamaru coast, where you are likely to see yellow eyed penguins. Differently from the little blue penguins, yellow eyed are very shy, they don't like to see or hear humans. The beach is visible from high above, bringing a pair of binoculars and/or camera zooms is a very good idea! We were lucky... More 

Thank BurgerQueen78
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18 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 February 2017

if you want to avoid paying for penguins then come here, you can see yellow eyed ones and seals. Unfortunately when I went there were some numbnuts people who couldn't read the signs DO NOT GO ON BEACH DURING THESE DATES...so this prevented the penguins coming up onto the beach

Thank 22hilarys
Sale, Cheshire, UK
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191 reviews
68 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 February 2017

The walk down to the beach is through pretty foliage and flowers, depending on the season. Quite a steep walk down but worth the effort. Read the signage before you descend as at certain times you are not allowed on the beach due to the penguin activity. The beach has lovely rocks and stones and shallow areas to look for... More 

Thank Juliesamari
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634 reviews
297 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 200 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 February 2017 via mobile

Saw one penguin and five seals on the beach from a perch up above. Not a lot of action on the beach as seals and penguins are sleeping. Definitely need binoculars and telephoto lenses and a good wind breaking shell. Path is well laid out. No restrooms. One can go down to the beach before 3 pm but not when... More 

Thank Feenixwest
San Diego, California
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130 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 February 2017 via mobile

Want to view selfish, illiterate wildlife on the beach? Then this is the place for you! See the not-so-rare human walking on the beach, ignoring the "beach closed after 3pm" signs. Been waiting patiently for an hour and finally managed to see 2 penguins? Never fear, they will be scared away by a clueless idiot! Ever wanted to see all... More 

Thank taace1i1a
Tampere, Finland
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34 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 February 2017 via mobile

Went there around 2pm but no penguins. Lot of seals tho and found beautiful sea shells. After 3pm went up on the viewing platform and waited til 4pm but still no penguins. Walk past viewing point and follow small path down to the rocks and you will find even more seals! Please respect the guidelines and don't enter the beach... More 

Thank Eeva V
Vancouver, Canada
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24 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 January 2017

After a wonderful visit to the blue penguin colony, we decided to wake up before sunrise to see if we could spot any yellow-eyed penguins heading out to sea. Despite the blustery winds and nearly freezing temperatures, we witnessed one of the most spectacular sunrises I've ever seen, while being the only people located on the beach. Although we only... More 

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