We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Pohatu Penguin Habitat

Certificate of Excellence
Improve this listing
Sponsored by:
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: 8/2 Rue Balguerie | Wildside Booking Office, Akaroa, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 3-304 8542
Website
Description: Pohatu penguins is a family owned business that offers 4WD safaris trip to...
Pohatu penguins is a family owned business that offers 4WD safaris trip to the Largest Little penguin colony on mainland New Zealand. Conservation based tours include: -Evening penguin tours -Scenic nature safaris (2 or 4 hours) -Sea-kayaking with seals and other wildlife -24 or 48 hour package including accommodation in the middle of the penguin colony
read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 153 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 139
    Excellent
  • 12
    Very good
  • 2
    Average
  • 0
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
penguins up close and at sea!

Did the evening tour with friends and family--we were fortunate as we went during the off-season but penguins were back in town for a "penguin party", as our wonderful guide... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 29, 2015
allergymom
,
Denver, Colorado
Add Photo Write a Review

153 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • Russian first
  • Any
English first
Johor Bahru, Malaysia
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

I'd sign up for 24hours package which is to stay a night at hut there, doing evening penguin tour and doing a sea kayak trip the next morning. Too bad the weather is so bad that the evening penguin tour and sea kayak was forced to cancel. However, I still able to visit the penguin sanctuary, saw some seal, close... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Denver, Colorado
Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

Did the evening tour with friends and family--we were fortunate as we went during the off-season but penguins were back in town for a "penguin party", as our wonderful guide explained. Drive from Akaroa to farmhouse is scenic and an adventure in itself. Unbelievable to see little penguins in their hidey-boxes, so up close. Trekked out to viewpoints near the... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Phoenix, Arizona
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

My wife and I spent a weekend in Aakaroa and thought it would be interesting to take a tour with Pohatu to explore this beautiful area and perhaps see some wildlife. We weren't sure what to expect due to the penguins being out of season but a quick call into the office put my mind at rest as Kevin was... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
Reviewer
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

Great Place With Lovely Hospitality. Must visit .to see nature & pigeon life. Owner take Great care for Pigeon & Nature Development .

Was this review helpful? Yes
Richvale, California, USA
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

We are senior travelers who were looking for something for our teen age grand daughters to enjoy. Our guide Kevin was amazing. We went on a kayak trip to see the seals and penguins. We felt completely safe and we had never done anything like this before. We highly recommend this site!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Ontario, California, United States
Contributor
16 reviews 16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

So we were on a cruise and each excursion costs like million bucks and the experiences provided by the cruise line are always second class (in fact our cruise director was incognito on this independent excursion) Anyway, our tour guide Avril was awesome. She took us on a beautiful scenic drive and stopped at some of the most beautiful vistas... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Seattle, Washington
Top Contributor
349 reviews 349 reviews
215 attraction reviews
245 helpful votes 245 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

This attraction is owned and operated by folks with a passion for nature, the animals and their beautiful land. If visiting the Akaroa area this is a must-see trip. You will see the very endangered blue penguins, some yellow-eyed penguins, as well as a multi-generational homestead that operates this animal sanctuary. Nothing fancy or contrived; but a genuine look at... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

The owners are very passionate to wildlife conserving, which is the most attractive part of this tour. This tour is one of the most scenic and perfect way to see Akaroa, specifically the Banks of Peninsula. Hence,what you can see is not just the sweet little town, but the adventure and the other side it could offer - understanding the... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Leeds, United Kingdom
Contributor
20 reviews 20 reviews
8 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

We visited in February and were picked up by Ben by our cruise ship. He drove us to the bay where we would complete our kayaking adventure. During our session we were very fortunate, in that we saw dolphins as well as plenty of seals and penguins. It really was something fabulous, to see the wildlife in their natural environment... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Melbourne, Australia
Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
8 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

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 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1

Travelers who viewed Pohatu Penguin Habitat also viewed

Akaroa, Canterbury Region
Akaroa, Canterbury Region
 
Akaroa, Canterbury Region
Akaroa, Canterbury Region
 

Been to Pohatu Penguin Habitat? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Pohatu Penguin Habitat and other visitors
1 question
Ask a question

See all questions (1)

Questions? Get answers from Pohatu Penguin Habitat staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?