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Address: 8/2 Rue Balguerie | Wildside Booking Office, Akaroa 7520, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 3-304 8542
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

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

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Must-do in Akaroa

Absolutely great experience. Kev is a great guide providing a lot of information about the area as well as the conservation work. Even so it was a bit cold, we came close to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Cairns, Australia
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Cairns, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Absolutely great experience. Kev is a great guide providing a lot of information about the area as well as the conservation work. Even so it was a bit cold, we came close to Yellow-eyed penguins and said a hello to a couple of little penguins in their house - sorry fellows for just dropping in on you :-) If you... More 

Thank OzyMike
Kevin P, Manager at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this review

Hi guys, Thank you kindly for those nice comments. It's true that when the southerly blow it can get a bit cold and the extra camouflage gear that we provide cut the wide but the real warm up is the sight of the penguins close to our hides. Hope you guys are keeping warm in Cairns ^-^ Thank you again. More 

Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

What an incredible experience we had! Sea kayaking was amazing and Kev was extremely understanding of only going as far out as we felt comfortable. It was just the 2 of us and our guide Kev which actually made this tour a much more personal and memorable experience. We got to see lots of seals (i couldn't believe how many... More 

Thank NatalieD2814
Kevin P, Manager at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this review

Hi guys! Thank you very much for your nice comment. The safety and the comfort of our clients are some of the main focuses of the trip and we're all very aware that everyone has different comfort zone. Plus we are lucky to be guiding in a very sheltered bay with a lot of wildlife around. Pohatu marine reserve is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2016 via mobile

This is a must see when your in Akaroa! Shireen is doing a great thing there providing a safe environment for the penguins. They provide a tour Ben was our guide who is very informative of the area and penguins. Don't worry you're going to see some too!

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South Glastonbury, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2016

Our first time in New Zealand, traveling from the US, we were so looking forward to kayaking in the Pohatu Penguin Habitat, and were afforded much flexibility by the manager, even an opportunity to head out a bit later than usual, but alas the winds kicked up and it was unsafe (even for the Kiwis) to embark. Their integrity and... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016

I’ll start by saying – “What a wonderful day” – this tour is just wonderful! Our tour pick up time was noon so we were able to get off the boat and look around Akaroa. Joey met us at the dock and let us know where to meet her at noon. This is our second tour in New Zealand that... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2016

Fantastic experience with Kevin. Big thanks to him we spent 4 hours visiting alone the countryside. You learn a lot, you see many animal (seal, penguin, lamb...) also fantastic with kids as they can feed sheep ! It is really a must as you are alone with the nature. They take care of a penguin colony: you learn a lot... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2016

We were greeted by a wonderful happy and friendly team. Our guide Kevin was just fabulous in every way. Enthusiastic, knowledgeable, passionate and witty. The scenery is out of this world. We loved exploring another side of the Banks Peninsula and hearing the stories of farmers from the area. The sea kayaking was just sensational and our only complaint was... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2016 via mobile

What a wonderful experience! The drive & views & photo ops were amazing. But, when we arrived at the sanctuary, we were able to interact with the "pet" sheep & 2 penguins. One of the penguins is blind & can never be released but he gets to swim daily in an enclosed pond. Fortunately for us we were able to... More 

Thank SallyHen
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2016

I planned this excursion over a year before I would be in Akaroa and yet on the day I was so filled with nervous anticipation. What a spectacular excursion. I'm trying to stretch my experiences and do something new..... just being in NZ was amazing then to kayak with penguins, seals and cormorants was utterly magnificent. I'm over 60 and... More 

Thank mmeward
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2016 via mobile

Booked this tour independently on a cruise, it was fantastic. Our guide was great and the experience was excellent. The penguins were worth the hard work in kayaks and we saw plenty of other animals too. All topped off with some tea and coffee and cake afterwards. Would really recommend this excellent outfit.

Thank Mike V

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