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“Very disappointing experience ”

Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony
Ranked #1 of 9 Tours in Oamaru
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Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

We decided not to pay for this experience due to the staff working. We spent a good 40 minutes here exploring and walking the breakwater watching the seals. We found a deceased seal and decided to stop in, check tour prices for later and inform the staff of the seal. We were met with an abrupt “that has nothing to do with us”. Fair enough - was told that DOC had been informed but when I rang to follow up with the local DOC office they hadn’t heard a thing about the deceased seal which according to the colony staff had been there for days.
We were greatly disappointed with the attitude of staff. For people involved with animals their callous attitude towards the seals was disappointing.
Sure the show may be about penguins but an attitude towards all wildlife would have been a better drawcard.
Staff didn’t want to sell us the tour, made no effort to inform us of options and gave a terrible vibe of ‘go away’ as soon as we mentioned the seal.
Very disappointing experience. Save your money and go during the day, check out the seals (for free) and check out the penguins elsewhere along the coast.

Thank briarpalmer
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Reviewed 4 April 2018 via mobile

We were reluctant to go at first, having read the reviews on here about annoying tourists but we thought that whilst we are here we may as well visit as we are pretty much guaranteed to see some penguins. We bought tickets on the day for standard seats and we were so glad we went. There were the few inevitable annoying tourists but alot of them left after the first raft of penguins landed ashore (why?!) and they were no where near as bad as we had imagined. It was a very relaxing night and only 10-20% of us were left after about 45 mins so was quieter. Where else can you spend an evening sitting by the water and watching penguins?! The organisation is non-profit also, so you don't feel as bad paying the entry fee.

Thank woodyguthrie
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Reviewed 3 April 2018

We really enjoyed this experience. Premier seats and the presence of fur seals meant we saw the Penguins close up. Yes you can see the Penguins at Caroline Bay Timaru for free but the paid for seating and commentary at Oamaru puts money back into conservation.
A successful breeding season this summer has restored the colony numbers and a high number of chicks were reared this year.

Thank spendingpension
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Reviewed 2 April 2018 via mobile

Cute and amazing seeing the rafts of penguins arriving. Watching them scurry, pause, duck, and dive too their nest boxes was great. My 6 and 10 year old enjoyed themselves and it was fun counting them, quietly, as they arrived. The extra bonus was seeing native NZ fur seals lounging on bank. Extra entertainment or annoyance, was some inconsiderate tourists not respecting the rules to observe and not upset the penguins. Also the grossness of a Chinese family about to toilet in public and not the toilets available for public use. Totally disrespectful and disgusting. Otherwise definitely recommend.

Thank GypsyFun
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Reviewed 2 April 2018

You sit in a stand and listen to a commentary while waiting for the penguins to come home for the night. When they are arrive everyone needs to be quiet and sit down while they pass by. No phones or cameras (why can’t people follow simple instructions!). We also got a fur seal viewing. Wrap up warm. Plenty of parking and gd access. We didn’t pay for premium seats and they seemed perfectly fine with no shortage of views

Thank bellaQld
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