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“Great wildlife experience” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Sam's Peninsula Off Road Tours.

Sam's Peninsula Off Road Tours.
Colchester, United Kingdom
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363 reviews
145 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 153 helpful votes
“Great wildlife experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 3, 2013

We stayed at Alan's beach and went on the early evening wildlife trip with Sam.The trip up on to the cliffs was an experience in itself, but the vehicle coped with the rough terrain it had to go over.As stated in a previous review the walkway down to the beach is very steep but with good footwear it was fine.
We saw the sea lions and the seals and we were lucky enough to see 3 yellow eyed penguins which are very rare and like to live a more solitary existence rather than in groups.
We really enjoyed learning about the way Sam runs his farm and the methods they use on the farm.Sam and his family have lived in this area for a long time so he is very knowledgeable on this area in general.

Visited January 2013
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Singapore
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174 attraction reviews
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“Wildlife in Natural Settings”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 11, 2012

We arrived in New Zealand after an exhausting 10-hour flight, fatigued and wondering what made us pre-book a two-hour wildlife tour (instead of snuggling in bed)! That feeling changed into exhilaration as Sam drove us past beautiful black swans at Hooper's inlet, sheep grazing on rugged farmland (his own farm!), wild rabbits scampering down the path and onto a magnificent coastline. The scenery was simply breathtaking! And the best part of it was that we did not have to share it with other tourists...no commercialised cafes, souvenir stalls...everything was natural. We saw fur seals at close range (no need for binoculars), the rare elephant seal (how lucky we were!) and yellow-eyed penguin waiting for its mate to return from sea.

The tour was definitely great value-for-money for all nature-loving people, and I have no reservations recommending it. The only word of caution would be for parents with very young kids. You should be prepared to carry the very little ones, and keep an watchful eye on the bigger kids walking by themselves. The walk to the coastline is steep in certain places and being city folk, we were not used to walking down unfenced slopes. It was a great adventure, but keep an eye on your kids!

Visited November 2012
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London, United Kingdom
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169 reviews
14 attraction reviews
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“A great way to see natural wildlife - great for bigger children”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 15, 2011

Hosted by Sam and his wife this is a great experience. We took one of Sam's late afternoon tours across his land close by Allans Beach in his trusty Landrover. We saw Penquins, seals, sealions. Fantastic. And Sam is a foint of knowledge, really enjoying sharing his experiences with his guests.

Visited February 2011
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