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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
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St. John's, Newfoundland
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130 reviews 130 reviews
9 attraction reviews
121 helpful votes 121 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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30 reviews 30 reviews
6 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 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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18 reviews 18 reviews
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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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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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26 reviews 26 reviews
11 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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St. Thomas Ontario Canada
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

We booked this tour online prior to departing on our 12 day Australia New Zealand cruise. Kevin met us at the marina where the tender from the ship dropped us. We met Muffy and once the other four participants arrived we headed out for Flea Bay. The half hour drive was very scenic and Muffy stopped so we could take... More

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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17 reviews 17 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

We were taken by minibus from central Akaroa to a farm in Flea Bay. Along the way we stopped a couple of times to take photos of the stunning scenery. When we got to the farm we saw an orphaned penguin chick being fed sardines. We then walked down to the sea to watch him learning to swim. After that... More

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Visalia, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

Thoroughly enjoyed our small group tour on the back roads of Akaroa. Penguins nesting and lots of birds and sheep. Hillsides are so pretty. This is a family run business and our guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. We had a very fun time!

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