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Roaring Bay

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Fantastic yellow-eyed penguin experience....

Having read several reviews on TripAdvisor it seems that many people miss these rare but quite... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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nice beach, wish we had seen penguins

we enjoyed this despite not seeing penguins, great views and nice beaches for play for the kids... read more

Reviewed 27 March 2018
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The Nuggets Road, Kaka Point, New Zealand
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Having read several reviews on TripAdvisor it seems that many people miss these rare but quite large penguins altogether or see only one or two coming back to the beach around dusk. A MUCH more reliable way to see these penguins is to arrive at...More

Thank WFKtravels
Reviewed 2 April 2018

Roaring Bay is located between Kaka Point and Nugget Point, which are just minutes apart and together can offer a very rewarding visit. Roaring Bay, itself, is of particular interest for its rare yellow-eyed penguins, but good luck seeing them. A very nice hide (wooden...More

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Reviewed 27 March 2018

we enjoyed this despite not seeing penguins, great views and nice beaches for play for the kids. Worth seeing.

Thank susanL7308PL
Reviewed 5 March 2018

It's a short walk from the car park to the hide, from where you can see yellow-eyed penguins. They go into the sea early morning and return at dusk. There's a well-positioned hide (building to hide you from the penguins) with windows that open, and...More

2  Thank Joy H
Reviewed 25 February 2018

Roaring Bay offers the oportunity to see the yellow eyed penguin in its natural habitat but you have to patient and visit at the right times (the timing will depend on when in the year you visit). We were also very lucky to have a...More

Thank Kazpat58
Reviewed 14 February 2018

The only yellow eye penguin i saw on my entire trip. But this was pure luck. We tried and there it was standing on the beach. The praiseworthy thing is viewing shed that has been made for convenience of both the penguin and the visitors....More

2  Thank KetanforTravel
Reviewed 6 February 2018

It’s an 8km drive down to Roaring Bay on a gravel road but the beach and view are well worth the effort. The sea lions were active and fun to watch.

3  Thank Geoff49
Reviewed 27 January 2018

Visited here along with the Lighthouse and the Nuggets. Also Kaka Point itself is beautiful. There is a small colony of these ultra rare penguins and after positioning ourselves in the hide for an hour at 4pm we say 3 penguins over the next hour....More

2  Thank JPL93
Reviewed 15 January 2018

Binoculars and telescopic lenses are a must. We hung in the hide for an hour or so toward dusk and saw 3 penguins. We had an enjoyable time interacting with people from around the world and sharing experiences as we waited. It's a good way...More

1  Thank gorgle
Reviewed 9 January 2018

Excellent viewing for Yellow-eyed penguin ....if you want are patient and time it right. Bit frustrating to see people on the beach in spite of the information displayed. We saw 1 come across the beach at 3:06 pm. Any time from 4-7 can be productive...More

1  Thank birdman222015
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10 April 2017|
Response from Found_Lost_Key |
Hi there, Best viewing for April is after 4pm.. Good luck :-)