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Two separate visits and no penguins

We visited the first week of August - once from 9-10am, and again 3-5:30pm. Saw no penguins, which... read more

Reviewed 6 August 2018
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Gorgeous Secluded Beach on the West Coast

This beach is amazing for its rock formations, greenstone and the opportunity to spot dolphins and... read more

Reviewed 3 April 2018
Indianapolis, Indiana
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West Coast 7886, Lake Moeraki, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu), New Zealand
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Reviewed 6 August 2018 via mobile

We visited the first week of August - once from 9-10am, and again 3-5:30pm. Saw no penguins, which was very disappointing. The sandflies are indeed pretty awful, so bring long sleeves and pants to cover yourself. The walk to the beach is really pretty! It’s...More

Thank katieX2667XF
Reviewed 27 June 2018 via mobile

The walk through the woods was monotonous with no change in scenery. Took us about an hour both ways at a very fast pace. We saw 2 animals, far away and could not make out what they were. Could not spot any penguins although we...More

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Reviewed 3 April 2018

This beach is amazing for its rock formations, greenstone and the opportunity to spot dolphins and seals. It is a very magical place of beauty.

1  Thank Junebughiker
Reviewed 30 November 2017

Based on my pre-trip research, Monro Beach was our best chance to see Fiordland crested penguins in the wild. Penguins typically head out to sea at dawn. So to see them, we would have to get from our hotel in Franz Josef to Monro Beach...More

3  Thank Scott B
Reviewed 22 November 2017

beautiful quiet beach with the chance to see penguins. Unfortunately some people don't observe the notices to keep away from nesting areas - WHY - they are either stupid or don't care - there is no other reason - they are they reason these penguins...More

3  Thank MayfieldGOC
Reviewed 25 October 2017 via mobile

The walk to the beach was beautiful on its own but a few minutes past 4 on a rainy day, we started to see penguins, mostly in pairs, surf into the beach on their bellies, stand up and shake themselves off after the next wave...More

1  Thank HJRLondon
Reviewed 31 August 2017 via mobile

Beautiful rainforest walk. Feels like you are in Jurassic park. Easy to walk just little uphill but no big ups. The beach is beautiful and if you have enough patients the crested pinguins will apear. We spotted one (mid day arround 14:00). The sand flies...More

2  Thank Dnies1986
Reviewed 23 March 2017 via mobile

The beach is beautiful, but you cannot stand on it too long. the sand flies will make you miserable and the bites will itch for days. If you go, take a bug repellent with a very high concentration of Deet.

Thank 729travel
Reviewed 22 March 2017

This place is on a way from Haast to Fox Glacier. It is an easy 30 minutes’ walk from the car park to the beach through a beautiful rainforest. The beach is quiet and isolated. If you arrive late in the afternoon there is a...More

3  Thank Joanna J
Reviewed 21 February 2017

We trekked through gorgeous rainforest to get to this beautiful beach with gorgeous rock formations, crashing waves, a colony of male fur seals, and even saw two penguins 'out of season'. Lovely!

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15 February 2018|
Response from Scott B | Reviewed this property |
Nothing that I’ve read or experienced had made any reference to tide being an issue. It’s a big beach. The main timing issue is being there at dawn or dusk if you want to see penguins.
21 September 2015|
Response from Cordt | Reviewed this property |
No I didn't but I think there was a good reason for that. They were laying eggs on their nests at the time I was there. You may have more luck in January. Cheers, Paul (Cordt)