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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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The perfect way to see the area

Great guide and really friendly people! Really enjoyed and kayak got to see lots of fauna of the... read more

Reviewed November 13, 2016
Ciara O
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Dublin, Ireland
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Loved our adventure

We did the overnight package and loved it. The scenery was spectacular and we saw an incredible... read more

Reviewed November 10, 2016
AC-Vancouver
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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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Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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8/2 Rue Balguerie | Wildside Booking Office, Akaroa 7520, New Zealand
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+64 3-304 8542

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Reviewed November 13, 2016 via mobile

Great guide and really friendly people! Really enjoyed and kayak got to see lots of fauna of the area. Would definitely recommend

Thank Ciara O
Pohatu_penguins, Guest Relations Manager at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this reviewResponded November 15, 2016

Thank you so much for your great review. Best of luck and hope you enjoy a Merry Christmas and happy New Year.

Reviewed November 10, 2016 via mobile

We did the overnight package and loved it. The scenery was spectacular and we saw an incredible amount of marine wildlife. Our daughter loved feeding the lambs and of course seeing the penguins. Ben and Kevin were excellent guides. It was a very enjoyable experience.More

Thank AC-Vancouver
Pohatu_penguins, Front Office Manager at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this reviewResponded November 12, 2016

Hi guys, thank you very much for taking the time to review about your experience with us. We are always happy to hear our guests had an enjoyable time at Pohatu! The Package is indeed a great way to immerse yourself into nature and encounter...More

Reviewed November 9, 2016

A very well organized trip which included camouflage poncho's which would be good in inclement or cold weather. Very knowledgeable guide and plenty of views of 2 sorts of penguins plus seals. A nice trip over the mountains with awesome views.More

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Pohatu_penguins, Front Office Manager at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this reviewResponded November 18, 2016

Thank you for reviewing your experience with Pohatu. From what I understand, you were on the Evening Penguin tour which is a great way to watch penguins and their behaviour when they come back from the sea at dusk. You were lucky enough that evening...More

Reviewed November 9, 2016

We did the afternoon penguin/kayak tour. We saw penguins, seals and even a pair of Hectors dolphins. A great place with people who are clearly passionate about what they do - which is protect and ensure the survival of the penguins.

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Pohatu_penguins, nature guide at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this reviewResponded November 11, 2016

Thank you for that review, It sums us up nicely.

Reviewed November 8, 2016

If you are staying in Akaroa, this is a must-do. A short drive to the wild and beautiful east coast where you see first-hand the great work being done to eliminate predators which is allowing the local penguin population to recover. One of the highlights...More

Thank hideho50
Pohatu_penguins, Front Office Manager at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this reviewResponded November 18, 2016

Thank you for reviewing your experience with Pohatu so nicely. We are very pleased to hear this was one of the highlights of your visit in New-Zealand! Also always nice for us to see that people acknowledge the efforts we put in the conservation work....More

Reviewed October 31, 2016

On my last visit a few years ago I got up at the crack of dawn to drive from Christchurch for the kayak experience. It was worth it. This time I was staying in Akaroa and at last minute convinced my friend to go with...More

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Pohatu_penguins, Manager at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this reviewResponded November 3, 2016

Hi there, Really glad that you came back and convinced a friend to come along. I believe she too had a good time. Ben is full of knowledge, very keen birders and always very eager to share information. Thank you very much for your comments...More

Reviewed October 26, 2016 via mobile

Kevin our french guide was very knowledgeable and very enthusiastic about the conservation work. We took the mini bus from Akaroa on a warm spring evening even though we had a 4wd as we didn't want to miss out on the commentary. Definitely worth the...More

1  Thank Catherine W
Pohatu_penguins, Manager at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this reviewResponded October 28, 2016

Bonjour! Thank you so much for your kind review Catherine. It's always good to hear , and like you say you actually help with our conservation work by coming along, our tours and peoples donations have been paying for predator traps and a trapper which...More

Reviewed October 23, 2016 via mobile

Did the evening tour and our guide Kev was great. Very knowledgeable and passionate about the conservation work. It was greater than what we expected and I hope they can keep up their work so more of us could experience this.More

Thank Joseph N
Pohatu_penguins, Manager at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this reviewResponded October 25, 2016

Hi Joseph, Thank you so much for your kind words. The family has been here for 30 years caring for the penguins and we are certainly happy to continue for another 30 years and more. Always happy to share the conservation work and the life...More

Reviewed October 20, 2016

This was an awesome trip! We went on the Early Bird sea kayaking Adventure and were thrilled with every part of it. Our guide Kevin was fun, personal, informative and looked after us so well. He gave us a morning we will never forget. When...More

Thank Robyn B
Pohatu_penguins, Guide at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this reviewResponded October 21, 2016

Hi guys, Thank you so much for your nice comment and tanking the time to share your feelings. As I have mentioned after the trip I am always happy to be on the water and share a fun moment kayaking with enthusiastic nature lovers. Hoping...More

Reviewed October 15, 2016

This was such an amazing experience and really worth doing if you are in Akaroa. We signed up for the night tour on a rainy and foggy night. Our guide Joey was awesome, she drove on some really treacherous roads to get us to the...More

1  Thank LiLPPB0812
Pohatu_penguins, Front Office Manager at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this reviewResponded October 18, 2016

Wow thank you so much for your review. Sounds like you came on a rainy spring night. Usually we get a bit of rain at this time and can make our track muddy. We always have a few spare sets of gumboots on hand if...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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