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[Animal Sightseeing Trip: Penguin Town] New Zealand: Oamaru Little Penguin Colony

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Oamaru is a small town in southern New Zealand. Driving south from Christchurch for 3 to 4 hours, there is a town called Oamaru, where a gold mine was discovered, and a gold rush took place in this area, resulting in rapid development. The town has a colony of little penguins and is famous for the large number of tourists who come here year-round.

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place

Oamaru is a town located in the south of New Zealand.

history

Oamaru means ‘Place of Maru’ in the language of New Zealand’s indigenous Maori people. The town was settled and developed by European immigrants. Oamaru has developed rapidly in modern times. The reason is that gold mines were found in this area. A gold rush took place and it developed into one of New Zealand’s leading port towns.

climate

The average annual temperature in Oamaru is around 11°C. Temperatures range from 4°C to 20°C throughout the year.

language

Over 95% of New Zealanders speak English. Other languages are Maori and Samoan.

security

Oamaru tends to have a slightly higher rate of petty crime. There are many pickpockets and pickpockets, so tourists are especially vulnerable, so be careful.  Keep your valuables safe.

industry

Oamaru used to have the influence of the gold rush, and the service industry developed very much from the lodging industry to sleeping, but now the tourism industry is thriving. Oamaru is also one of New Zealand’s leading port towns and has a thriving trade.

Race

More than 75% of New Zealanders are of European descent. Others are Asian, African, and Latino.

religion

Christians make up the majority in New Zealand. Many others are non-religious.

currency

New Zealand dollars are used.

airport

The nearest major airport is Christchurch International Airport.

NameChristchurch International Airport
Address30 Durey Road, Harewood, Christchurch 8053, New Zealand
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access

Oamaru is about an hour and a half drive from Christchurch International Airport. At the airport there are car rentals, buses, shuttles and even taxis.

city bus

City buses are the cheapest means of transportation. It runs to the city center. If you have a Christchurch IC card called Metrocard, you can go to the city for 2.65 NZD.

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Shuttle bus

There are two types of shuttles that take you directly from the airport to your destination: shared use and exclusive use. The price starts from about 19.00 NZD per person if shared.

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taxi

Taxis are the most comfortable and fastest way to get to your destination.

little penguin

The little penguin is the smallest and cutest penguin in the world. The little penguin that inhabits southern Australia and New Zealand is probably considered to be a primitive member of the penguin family. Penguins usually build their nests in grassy areas near the coast, but in recent years some penguins have been found living under the rims of private houses, making them popular with local residents. The body length is about 40 cm and the weight is about 1 kg. Although it is a very small penguin, its personality is unexpectedly ferocious.

yellow eyed penguin

Yellow-eyed penguins are a group of penguins that are said to be extinct in the next 20 to 40 years. The body length is 70 cm and the weight is 5 kg. It is a penguin with a high possibility of extinction among penguin friends. They build their nests near the sea, emerge from their nests in the morning to search for prey, and return at night. This penguin is now a protected animal.

beware of the road

In Oamaru it is common for penguins to walk on the roads. In this town, road signs warning of penguins are installed everywhere. Be very careful when driving.

tourist attraction 1 : Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony

The little penguin colony is at the end of the Oamaru town as you walk along the coast. This facility monitors and investigates wild little penguins, and penguin tours are held twice during the day and at night. 200 penguins can be seen. There are two price plans.

Address17 Waterfront Road, South Hill, Oamaru 9400, New Zealand
Open Time03:00~19:45
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Price PlanEvening Viewing General Entry – $36.00
Evening Viewing Premium Entry – $49.50

tourist attraction 2 : Bushey Beach

A colony of yellow-eyed penguins is also located here in Oamaru. However, since this place is not that large, it is better to go to see it as an extra. Early morning is the best time to observe. This is because penguins go out to sea early in the morning. In the evening, they come back from the sea to the land and hide in their nests. By the way, this beach is a protected area.

AddressOtago 9400, New Zealand
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Hotel

Oamaru is very popular with tourists, so there are plenty of accommodation options. There are a number of hotels to choose from, so choose the one that suits you best.

Oamaru Motor Lodge

Address391 Thames Highway, Oamaru North, Oamaru 9400, New Zealand
TimeCheck-in time: 14:00
Check-out time: 10:00
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AAA Thames Court Motel

Address252 Thames Street, Oamaru 9400, New Zealand
TimeCheck-in time: 13:00
Check-out time: 10:00
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Poshtel

Address126 Thames Street, Oamaru 9400, New Zealand
TimeCheck-in time: 14:00
Check-out time: 10:00
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