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Moeraki Boulders, New Zealand @Locationscout 1 day 1 night

Day trip Duntroon:
natural history and wildlife


44 km or 35 minutes from Oamaru

About Trip
Day trip Duntroon
Natural history and wildlife

Oamaru has Victorian splendour, an intact precinct that oozes Victorianian, a garden of national significance, old fashioned charm and courtesy and natural history galore. Oamaru is the starting point for today’s trip to Duntroon. Duntroon is the base for a day of natural history delving into a fossil past and finishing the day with a special date with cuteness personified, the Little Blue penguins.

Duntroon @Trover

Morning start
Morning start
Settling in

You start the day at Vanished World Centre Duntroon, the visitor centre for Waitaki Whitestone aspiring Global Geopark. Vanished World is a hive of information from displayed excavations of enormous prehistoric penguin metres in height to self-guided route maps. Your brief foray into the geopark will start with well-known Elephant Rocks then moves the badlands of Clay Cliffs.

Clay Cliffs @Stuff

Early Afternoon
Bushy beach walk
A unique flora and fauna

At the southern end of Oamaru, spot New Zealand Fur Seals/Kekeno and Yellow-Eyed Penguins/Hoiho from the platform at the end of this cliff-top walk. Bushy Beach Scenic Reserve: Places to go in Otago “The natural coastal vegetation at Bushy Beach Scenic Reserve is the last remaining in the area. Wind-sheared scrub, dominated by hebe, ngaio, mahoe and broadleaf, clings to the cliffs and shelters penguins, other seabirds and a variety of insects.

Bushy Beach @Department of Conservation

Afternoon distractions

Perhaps you have been entranced by the Bushy Beach Walk and time has slipped away with a rush to get to the Little Blue Penguins viewing platform.

Moeraki Boulders @TripAdvisor

Little Blue Penguins

The blue penguin is the world’s smallest penguin. The Oamaru penguin colony has seating set up around the nesting site. You are welcome to watch the penguins return from the sea in groups with the setting sun. The kororā, (Little Blue Penguin) found here at Taiharuru-Pilots Beach breeds on the New Zealand and Australian mainland and islands. They weigh around one kilo on average. The average age of kororā in our colony is seven years, but the oldest recorded was 25 years. The colony is open to the public for evening viewing.
We are open to the public for Evening Viewing.

Little Blue Penguin @Media Zealand


Poshtel @Booking

Your day trip from Oamaru might need you to stay overnight or even several nights. Oamaru is a convenient, comfortable and great place to explore the town and countryside further.


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