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Pohatu Penguin Habitat

8/2 Rue Balguerie | Wildside Booking Office, Akaroa, New Zealand
033048542
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Ranked #1 of 10 Attractions in Akaroa
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Zoos & Aquariums
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Canberra, Australia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

We met our guide Ben in Akaroa and then drove to Pohatu Penguin Habitat through breathtaking scenery, with photo stops on the way. When we arrived we were met by eager lambs that we had the pleasure of feeding :) We then spent the evening checking the penguin burrows for occupants, and were able to see many Blue Penguins (and... More

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Live Oak, Florida
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81 reviews 81 reviews
19 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

We got off the cruise ship (Sea Princess) and saw this tour advertised for $65/person so we booked it. There were 6 of us per van. One couple booked it on line. The tour takes you over the most scenic roads on Banks Peninsula to beautiful Pohatu Bay with photo stops en route to see White Flipped Penguins. The owners... More

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Leesburg, Virginia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

A month later, my husband and I are still chattering about what a great time we had visiting the Pohatu Penguin Habitat. Our guide, April, was warm and friendly and extremely knowledgeable about the penguins during our visit. It was very exciting to see the penguins in their natural habitat and to know that this preserve was doing everything possible... More

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St. John's, Newfoundland
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132 reviews 132 reviews
9 attraction reviews
124 helpful votes 124 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

The tour took us around the region (including where the old lighthouse had been), but the highpoint was the penguins. We saw blue penguins (there are plenty around) and were fortunate to also see a yellow-eyed penguin (rare in NZ). There was also plenty of other wildlife and of course lots of sheep and lambs, cows, and a variety of... More

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London, United Kingdom
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32 reviews 32 reviews
7 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

We booked this tour with the hope of seeing even just one Blue Penguin in New Zealand.....we saw many more! Kevin picked my husband and I up from Akaroa town and drove us over the hills to the ecological site where we would hopefully see some penguins. As we drove down the hill to the bay we could see lots... More

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Thames, Waikato, New Zealand
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10 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

This was a fantastic experience for animal lovers. Kevin took us on our adventure and we were lucky enough to see little penguins sitting in the water/in the burrow/ swimming in and climbing out on to the rocks. We also saw Yellow Eyed Penguins swim along, jump up, climb the hill and display about a metre from our hide. I... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2014

We took a half day tour with Kevin as our guide. He was really fun to be around with. Always excited and bubbly! The conservation work they do is truly impressive and it a must see if you are travelling there. We got really up close with the penguins which was a pleasant surprise. There was so much we learnt... More

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Kota Bharu, Malaysia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2014

This is not like those business orientated penguin farm, it's more like a private farm which help to preserve the species, so you can see the penguins natural habitat, their baby penguin in the nest etc. Remember to eat before you go on this tour (evening session) or else you will find it difficult to buy any food afterwards as... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

This is not the Hollywood of Phillip island or sea world. We are greeted by the latest heir of 5 generations that have lived in this colony and come to the enlightened view that working with nature can be sustainable, can go some way to saving species and they can sleep easy knowing they made a real tangible difference. We... More

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Whangarei
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28 reviews 28 reviews
11 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

This was an absolutely amazing experience in Akaroa. 4 Wheel drive experience over one of the most scenic roads with photo stops on demand. Wonderful harbour views off the crater rim. Enjoy the tranquil surroundings and bird life of the beautiful Tuakakahikuru scenic reserve. Also includes a guided penguin colony walk in season. Penguins nesting in their natural habitat. Biggest... More

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