Queenstown | Dunedin | Oamaru | Australia + New Zealand Trip Part 5

Please check out the previous parts of the trip if you haven’t read it yet!
Part1, part2, part3, part4

Date Location Hotel Activities
11/19 Sydney Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour Sydney Opera House, Coogee Beach, Sydney Fish Market
11/20 Auckland Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour Wine Tour, Muriwai Gannet Colony
11/21 Queenstown Rees Hotel and Luxury Apartments Skyline Gondola, Lunch @ Stratosfare Restaurant, the head of Lake Wakatipu
11/22 Queenstown Rees Hotel and Luxury Apartments Shotover Jet, Whitewater rafting @ Shotover River
11/23 Dunedin/Oamaru Bluestone On George Kawarau Bridge, Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony
11/24 Queenstown Villa del Lago Lake Takepo, Lake Pukaki, Lake Wanaka
11/25 Rotorua Sport of Kings Motel Hobbiton, Tamaki Maori Village
11/26 Auckland Te Puia, Waikite Valley Thermal Pools

– Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony

today’s plan is to drive from queenstown to dunedin and check in our hotel, then drive to oamaru to view penguins return home from fishing at night. penguins are my favorite animals so i had to check out the blue penguins in new zealand which are the smallest penguins in the world.

took some pix of our hotel before checking out

stopped by The Boat Shed, Queenstown for breakfast

food was decent and the lake view was great!

on our way to dunedin, we passed by kawarau bridge so we checked it out. you could do bungy jumping and zipline there.

continue our way to dunedin.

we finally got to dunedin and checked into our hotel bluestone on george. i decided to stay in dunedin was because i couldnt find a decent hotel in Oamaru and i thought we would have some time to explore dunedin.

all hotels in new zealand had jetted tubs!!

full kitchen and washer!

after taking a brief rest, we got back to road to Oamaru for blue penguin evening viewing.

i booked it through their official website http://www.penguins.co.nz/new-zealand/eveningviewing/  they also have day tours.

i highly highly recommend the Premium seats ($45 pp) because it’s so much closer to the penguins than general seating ($30 pp). the general seating is really far away and i doubt you can see clearly.

i think we saw around 200 penguins that night, i was super happy!

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