Pilots Beach

Pilots Beach

Tairoa Head - Little Blue Penguin Viewing

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6 Rankers Reviews

5 Face-to-Face

11 Penguin Watching

2 Portobello

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Watch little blue penguins come ashore at dusk

Pilot beach is a small cove on the western side of Tairoa Head. Home to the largest Blue Penguin colony on the Tairoa Peninsula. You may also see Yellow Eyed Penguins, seals and sea lions too. $20 per adult, $10 per child.

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South IslandCoastal OtagoPortobello

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  • Penguin Watching

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Lisa

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Not ten out of ten unfortunately because too touristic, although you still see the penguins in their natural environment. They are absolutely adorable, you can get really close and hear them squeaking all the time. Lovely!

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in February 2016

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Richard

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

Great to see the penguins.
But we got really, really cold waiting for them. I suggest you go, but wrap up warm if in winter.

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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Cervenka Jaroslav

Czech Republic

Ranking: 10/10

Watching penguins on the beach, a really nice experience.

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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Barbara Berkhout

France

Ranking: 9/10

You can see some sea lions by yourself. It is a magic instant! Just beautiful with children.

Reviewed about 8 years ago and experienced in March 2012

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Pete & Pat Etheridge

England

Ranking: 10/10

We had to wait in a biting wind until dark dusk, volunteers explained and had red torches so as not to harm their eyes, little penguins rafted in and walked companionably home to their young, through our feet as we held our breath!!

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Villa

France

Ranking: 8/10

Nice beach and sunset if lucky with albatross, sea gulls and sea lions. But arrive just before sunset to see the blu penguins coming up from the sea.

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in February 2012