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Pohatu Penguin Habitat

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8/2 Rue Balguerie | Wildside Booking Office, Akaroa 7520, New Zealand
+64 3-304 8542
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We had an excellent experience with our guide on the 2hr nature tour, seeing penguins in their... read more

Reviewed yesterday
StephenandLancia
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Caloundra, Australia
Just a great experience

The story of the penguins in Pohatu is just an incredible one. We were quite happy to find their... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
ManaPet
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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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Travelers talk about
“flea bay” (66 reviews)
“nesting boxes” (22 reviews)
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
LOCATION
8/2 Rue Balguerie | Wildside Booking Office, Akaroa 7520, New Zealand
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+64 3-304 8542

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Reviewed yesterday

We had an excellent experience with our guide on the 2hr nature tour, seeing penguins in their habitat and pet sheep. The views were beatiful going 700 metres up and then down to Flea bay. Just gorgeous!!!!

Thank StephenandLancia
Reviewed 1 week ago

The story of the penguins in Pohatu is just an incredible one. We were quite happy to find their location on a day everything else was either gone or overbooked and they let us join their tour. What a find it was. Unlike most commercial...More

Thank ManaPet
Pohatu_penguins, nature guide. at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks you so much for kind review, It's always great to get this feed back and to really know that what we are doing is appreciated, and understood. I just came back from trapping this morning , Getting rid of Rats and Stoats from the...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Brilliant experience with Avril and Pohatu Penguin Habitat. This family have made the conservation of the little penguins their life. The tour cost goes towards keeping the habitat up and running and the Penguins safe and healthy. We got to see the Penguins in the...More

Thank people07
Pohatu_penguins, Manager at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi there, Thank you very much for your kind comments and enthusiasm about the conservation work we do. We are always happy to share the family history and try to inspire people to do the same. We would love to see you again, maybe on...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We are keen birders and missed seeing LB penguins at Otago because of road closures. This was a final opportunity for us. A fortnight earlier, we had suffered a rather problematic experience with a tour company/guide on Stewart Island, so thought twice about this tour....More

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Pohatu_penguins, Front Office Manager at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for you awesome review of us , I'm glad you had a good time. The conservation effort is at the heart of this tour , we are part of the wild side project which is the community of landowners and farmers working collaboratively...More

Reviewed August 16, 2017

Pohatu Penquin paradise is owned and managed by an extended family of dedicated environmentalists who have committed years to the existence, health and belief in the future of the white flippered penquin, little blue penquins, the sea birds & visiting hectors dolphins. The beautiful bay...More

1  Thank JRWakaroa
Pohatu_penguins, Nature guide at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks you so much for your review, Pohatu Penguin Paradise sounds great, It's really heartening to get these reviews and feel so understood. We really try our hardest not to have too much of a human impact on these little birds, even though some times...More

Reviewed August 15, 2017

We arrived to Akaroa during a rainstorm, which flooded parts of the village, so our tour was unfortunately initially cancelled. Our guide, the daughter of the owners of the farm, was very flexible though, so we got our tour the next day. She even managed...More

Thank Maja P
Pohatu_penguins, Nature guide. at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi there , Thanks so much for your review . I think Joey your guide will also remember this tour for ever because now she has a lamb living with her. Her new pet and doing fine. We have had some crazy winter weather so...More

Reviewed August 8, 2017

We were booked on a sea kayak tour which was unfortunately cancelled due to unsuitable weather- however we were offered either a full refund or an alternative tour. I am so glad we took the 4WD alternative tour- it was fantastic! Our guide, Kevin, was...More

Thank katemilnes
Pohatu_penguins, Manager at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this reviewResponded August 10, 2017

Hi there, Thank you very much for sharing your thoughts on Tripadvisor and thank you very much for your nice comments regarding my guiding. It is nice to hear that you are doing well but please feel free to get in touch if you think...More

Reviewed August 8, 2017

This is a great way to see the bay area of Akaroa in a relatively short space of time. Kevin, our guide, stopped off at many interesting and beautiful vantage points and was extremely knowledgable about the area and wildlife. The penguin sightings on offer...More

Thank Shepz85
Pohatu_penguins, Manager at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this reviewResponded August 9, 2017

Hi guys, Thank you very much for sharing your good time with us. By the sounds of it the homemade muffins were the selling point for you ^-^ We are always very happy to share the family story about the 30 years long conservation project...More

Reviewed July 31, 2017 via mobile

An awesome time with Kevin as our guide. We were only in Akaroa for one day and the 3 hour tour was a great combo of good views, Banks Peninsula history, and of course penguins!! We also got to feed sheep which was fun. On...More

1  Thank Sebastian L
Pohatu_penguins, Manager at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this reviewResponded August 2, 2017

Thank you so much for your wonderful review, It was fun having you along on the tour and so glad you had a memorable trip. Best of luck for the rest of this year. Many thanks from the Pohatu team

Reviewed July 19, 2017 via mobile

This was an AMAZING experience. Our guide was so sweet and knowledgeable and very respectful of our needs/limitations physically as well as those of the penguins. A completely unforgettable part of our trip in New Zealand that I cannot recommend highly enough. The conservation they...More

Thank Sydney J
Pohatu_penguins, Manager at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this reviewResponded July 22, 2017

Hello there, Very happy to read your review, we can really feel your joy ^-^ We are always very keen on sharing the family story and the 30 years long conservation project funded by people like you coming on a tour. You have helped funding...More

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calebbrewster
April 23, 2017|
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Response from Pohatu_penguins | Property representative |
Hi there, Sorry we don't do pick ups from Christchurch, But the French connection Shuttle works well with all Pohatu penguin day tours. They get you to Akaroa around 10am-10.30am and depart around 4pm , it gives us time to... More
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Jwenad
March 4, 2017|
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Response from Pohatu_penguins | Property representative |
Hi there, Thanks for your question, Sometimes we have penguins in Rehabilitation and Shireen or one of the guides will feed these penguins in front of you, Shireen only touches these penguins to feed them, we never cuddle... More
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Penelope P
February 19, 2017|
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Response from Pohatu_penguins | Property representative |
Hello and thank you for your interest. We are not running the Evening Penguin tours at the moment because it is the end of the breeding season and not many penguins are coming a shore but there are still a number of penguins... More
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