Oamaru New Zealand

The next stop along the way was in the city of Oamaru which is located between Timaru and Dunedin. We stopped here to have a look at the Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony. Although we were told our best chances of seeing a blue penguin were just before dusk, we decided we would take the chance since we were passing through anyhow. On Lisa’s list of things to see and do while in New Zealand, seeing penguins was close to the top!

Graves Track

Graves Track

The Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony has a grandstand situated along the ocean for observers to witness the blue penguins come in to shore each evening. They also have a beautiful walk that leads you along the rocky coast line and onto some beaches further along the coast. Lisa and I took the walk, called Graves Track, along the coast in hopes that we might catch a glimpse of one of the penguins even though it was the middle of the day. As we got further along the track we meet up with two young girls who told us that just around the corner were a penguin and three sea lions. Lisa and I speed up our walking speed, and just as we rounded the corner onto the beach we saw a few people gathered around this yellow eyed penguin taking photographs. Lisa and I rushed over and started to take a few photographs of our own. After spending a few minutes in awe looking at this yellow eyed penguin, Lisa and I made our way back down the path and returned to our vehicle. But before leaving the parking lot of the Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony, Lisa had to get her picture taken with the penguin crossing road sign, which I’m sure there are very few of in the world!

After Oamaru Lisa and I didn’t stop until we reached the city of Dunedin.

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