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Pohatu Penguin Habitat

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Address: 8/2 Rue Balguerie | Wildside Booking Office, Akaroa, New Zealand
Phone Number: 033048542
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Highly recommend this even if you are not young and fit

We booked the sea kayaking tour, both my husband and I are in our mid-fifties and not very fit, were unsure if we could physically complete the tour but I suppose if you are lucky... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 2, 2015
yvie0202
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Melbourne, Australia
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Melbourne, Australia
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39 reviews 39 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

We booked the sea kayaking tour, both my husband and I are in our mid-fifties and not very fit, were unsure if we could physically complete the tour but I suppose if you are lucky with good weather and an excellent guide anything can be accomplished. We were a bit apprehensive at the beginning of the tour when greeted by... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

It's the end of penguin viewing season now but this tour was great. We had a friendly and informative tour guide, the views were stunning and different from what you'd see on your own - plus we got to meet some sheep and very cute penguins. I would have preferred a slightly shorter tour vs. including the stop at the... More 

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Manzanillo
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015 via mobile

5 of us booked the Pohatu Package. We were picked up by Ben in Akaroa and driven to Pohtau where we spent 2 nights in the supplied accommodation . We had a fabulous stay where we sea kayaked, saw the penguin habitats and the nature walks. The most amazing part of the experience was meeting the owner of Pohatu, Shireen.... More 

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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28 reviews 28 reviews
5 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

We took the 4 hours scenic tour. After doing that I think that the 2 hours tour would have been enough (Visit only the view points and the penguins reserve). About 40 min was wasted on some biscuits and tea and eventually we did not have enough time to do the walking through the Tutakahikura Bush Reserve. The penguins reseve... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

I did this on a day my cruise ship was in Akaroa and I didnt fancy being in a bus to Christchurch for 3 hours. It was good weather(a change from my last visit),and a morning tour so I had time to look around and do the Akaroa walks later(well worth it) We were driven out over the highest part... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

We originally booked a kayaking tour but due to turbulent winds we were rebooked onto a land-based tour. We had a very professional, knowledgeable, interesting, and enthusiastic guide who showed us around the beautiful countryside with all the points of interest and best scenic views. We had a very nice host at the farmhouse down by the bay who made... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

We were travelling with our 5-year-old son and so opted to do the nature tour. Our guide was Shireen, who was so knowledgable and informative about Akaroa, its history, wildlife, farming and the penguins. We were treated to stunning views of Akaroa with lots of stops for photos. At the habitat we met several penguins and were able to see... More 

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Whistler, Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

We stayed 2 nights out at Flea Bay and was definitely one of the highlights of our 2 month trip to NZ and Oz. The guides were knowledgeable, friendly and great with our 7 tyear old son. The penguin tours at night were awesome as was the kayaking in the bay during the day. We were even treated to having... More 

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Northamptonshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

We arranged this trip whilst in Akaroa on the Banks Peninsula on the South Island in New Zealand. Their shop and booking office is across the road from the I-Site at the supermarket end of Akaroa. We set off with Avril of Pohato Penguin Tours at 11.00 am. She is the niece of the people who run the farm where... More 

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Valentine, TX
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52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

This tour was great!! It was a small group and the tour was very personable. We got picked up in Akaroa and drove about 45 minutes (with 3 scenic photo stops along the way) to a family's farm. This family was great and it was really interesting to see what they are doing to help protect the penguins. They built... More 

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