Oamaru Bird Watching and Sanctuaries
There are many unique and and fantastic bird species living in and around Oamaru. From exotic to native birds, including some that live nowhere else on earth, there is something for every bird lover. Visit a Oamaru bird sanctuary or join a bird watching trip and observe many fantastic bird species in their natural habitat. more
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Mobile-friendly - New Zealand's best wildlife tour—visit one of the world's few untouched areas with its amazing wildlife and spectacular scenery. Our 'Peninsula Encounter' is absolutely unrivalled offering close, exciting, small group viewing of royal albatross, hookers sealions, blue penguins, New Zealand fur seals and yellow eyed penguins in a beautiful isolated area. New Zealand Tourism Award winner in four categories.
See the world's smallest penguins, in their natural environment. Our Blue Penguins nest close to town under the cliff along the historic harbour foreshore. The Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony is just beyond the Victorian Heritage Precinct and you are within walking distance of the town centre, close to shops, restaurants and accommodation.
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