Blue Penguin Colony- Day Tour
Blue Penguins Colony Day Tour
Blue penguins come onto land mainly to breed and moult, but will also spend time ashore during non-breeding months. They are only active on land at night. They leave from the colony early in the morning before sun-rise, and return to the colony after dark. During the day, if the penguins decide not to go to sea, they will stay hidden inside their nests. The penguins will normally make their nests by digging a burrow into soil or sand or finding a crevice among the rocks. At the Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony we have provided artificial nesting boxes for the penguins to use, as they are less prone to collapsing or flooding than natural nests.
HighlightsPenguin viewing in their natural habitat.
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Take a casual stroll around part of the colony, seeing the natural habitat of the penguins.Information boards are placed around giving an insight into the life cycle of the penguins,and the monitoring programs we have here.
If there are penguins resident in our daytime viewing facility, the 'Blue Wing', visitors will see penguins in their nest boxes. However penguins come and go naturally so we cannot guarantee birds will be seen during the day.
Penguin walks run throughout the day starting at 10am, ending approximately 60 minutes before dusk.
Tour ParticularsDuration : 1 Hour Departure Location : 5 Minutes from the centre of Oamaru. Departure Time : October-March 10am until 8.30pm - 11.30pm, April -September 10.00am until 7.00pm - 8.30pm. Departure Dates : Year round (except Christmas Day, ANZAC day (25th April) and Easter Friday. Pace : Sightseeing Level of fitness required : Very Easy
What to bringDress warmly no matter what time of year it is.
- Where the date of cancellation is a date 45 days or more before the start of the tour, the cancellation fee will be equivalent to the deposit paid
- Where the date of cancellation is a date 30 to 45 days before the start of the tour the cancellation fee shall be 25% of the contract price
- Where the date of cancellation is a date 7 to 30 days before the start of the tour the cancellation fee shall be 50% of the contract price
- Where the date of cancellation is a date 7 days or less before the start of the tour the cancellation fee shall be 100% of the contract price
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