I cannot speak highly enough of my experience at the Pohatu Penguin Habitat, nor of the amazing Helps family. I booked the overnight experience, starting my day by meeting up with my guide, Kev, at the booking office in Akaroa. There, I also met Joey and Ave and looked at the amazing arts and crafts that the family has put together. From jewelry, paintings, and cards made by Joey and Ave, to gorgeous photography and postcards by Kevin, to wild-n-wooly hats from Shireen, it's clear that the whole family is as creative and talented as they are passionate about protecting and preserving penguins and the habitats that sustain them. I learned so much about penguins, New Zealand, and came away so impressed with all the work the family have done and are doing. The cabin-y space I stayed in was clean and dry, and while not super warm overnight (I couldn't get the one window to shut all the way), my mattress pad was heated so it was cosy and safe. I had a phenomenal experience, and would recommend this trip to anyone who is passionate about penguins, wildlife, conservation, and just the peacefulness that can come from being disconnected from everything else!
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