Public Viewing Hides
The best place to watch yellow-eyed penguins is at a beach with a public viewing hide or hut. There are some on the Otago coast which you can use free-of-charge. For the best views, take binoculars.
The Bushy Beach, Katiki Point and Nugget Point Reserve hides are each within five minutes’ walk of theircarparks. Follow the paths.
The Sandfly Bay hide is a 30-minute walk from the carpark at the end of Sealpoint Road. Walk north along the beach and follow the sign-posted track up the sandhill.
There are commercial operations which take visitors to view yellow-eyed penguins. Call the local visitor centre:
Oamaru Visitor Information, 1 Thames Street, Oamaru, phone (03) 434-1656
Dunedin Visitor Centre, 26 Princes St Dunedin, 9016, phone (03) 474-3300
Catlins Information Centre, Ryley Street, Owaka, phone (03) 415-8371
Invercargill Information Centre, 108 Gala Street, Invercargill, phone (03) 214-6243