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Oamaru is home to two colonies of  penguins, Blue Penguins (also known as Fairy Penguins, the smallest of the penguins) and Yellow-Eyed Penguins, which are among the rarest. The Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony, a 7-minute drive from Pen-y-bryn, is the best place to see the former, while there are several spots in the area where you can spot the latter.