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“first rate penguin viewing, penguins guaranteed”

Pohatu Penguin Habitat
Ranked #3 of 25 Tours in Akaroa
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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
Reviewed November 27, 2011

This small operation has been the highlight of our wildlife experiences in NZ. Penguins everywhere, babies in nests, parents swimming and on land. The guides showed us their bay, and helped us view without upsetting the birds. We also saw oyster catchers, shags, ducks, geese. Great respect for the wildlife. Check departure times at tourist information as they may vary from the times on the website

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Reviewed November 27, 2011

I almost missed this tour because it was on the owners sheep farm and sounded like visiting a zoo. It turned out to be a very informative and exciting trip over the mountain and the little penguins nested in boxes which we took the covers off to look and also nested in the native grasses and even next to her house. Very noisy at night. . They let you hike around and give the little lambs milk. They also have other trips offered by canoe and hiking and camping on the farm. The cruise ship special rate was about $55.U.S,D and $30.00 for childrren. We paid at the Akaroa information center. The tour is about 2 hours.

1  Thank Denise S
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Reviewed November 21, 2011

We had a great time at the Pohatu penguin sanctuary while staying at Akaroa. It's a small, family-run place that organises penguin and seal-watching tours with sea-kayaking as an option. It's a great day or half day. You'll probably see more fauna going to some of the large-scale concerns elsewhere in New Zealand, but with Pohatu you really feel that you are participating in eco-tourism, in that the money you spend on your trip is contributing to supporting a private, thriving nature reserve. Fantastic scenery and views of Akaroa and Banks Peninsula too!

3  Thank Joe S
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Reviewed November 9, 2011

My experience doing the Overnight Pohatu Penguin Tour was incredible! I have done a lot of travelling and my few days at Flea Bay tops the list of amazing travel experiences. They came to Akoroa and picked me up at the information centre at 12:30pm and took me on the very scenic drive to their property at Flea Bay. I wanted to do a hike so they dropped me off at the top of the valley and I went on a 2 hour solo hike where I saw many beautiful waterfalls and had a great hike through New Zealand’s forest. The hike ended at the Flea Bay Cabins (3 if them) where they had already dropped my bags off. I had a few hours after that to explore, swim and enjoy the bay. Then at 6:30pm I met with Francis (property owner and conversationalist) and another penguin lover to do the evening penguin tour. I loved seeing Francis’s passion for the sea life in the bay. Shireen and Francis are extremely considerate and respectful of the penguins, seals and dolphins.
After the tour I spent and hour or so sitting on the beach where we watched the penguins rolling in on the tide. The next morning Shireen took me sea kayaking, we saw many penguins, seals and the best part was the Hector dolphins swimming around us. The cost of everything was $120, well worth it!!! Then, at about noon they took us back into Akoroa. The weekend was very quiet, personal, educational and just an amazing New Zealand experience.

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Reviewed November 4, 2011

This tour was well worth the money. Our guides picked us up in town and gave us a pretty good tour up the mountain over to the bay. They provided good commentary on the region and local flora/fauna along the way. The kayak portion was nice, and we saw seals as well as penguins. The next visitors were late so the tour directors entertained us with afternoon tea as well as a close up inspection of the penguin breeding nests. We even got to help feed some of the orphaned sheep on their farm! A fantastic tour, best thing to do while in Akaroa by a mile.

Thank Alexander L
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