Standing at just 30cm tall, the little blue penguins make up for every millimetre they lack in height with cuteness. They waddle ashore at dusk each day at the Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony, but some also remain at home especially once eggs are laid and chicks are growing. Then, you can see the penguins in a special day viewing area and explore the nesting area and visitors centre to learn about their research and conservation programme headed by one of New Zealand’s leading penguin experts.
The Blue Penguin Colony is a natural protected habitat. Staff include a marine scientist who carries out valuable monitoring and environmental research, learning more about the species and the impact of changing environments and their effect on penguins. With general and premium viewing stands, watch the smallest penguin in the world swim ashore and waddle into the colony right in front of you!
The Omaru Blue Penguin Colony is delighted to be involved with the Ultimate Virtual Race of New Zealand and is offering a visit to the colony to the winners.