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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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Best Excursion Ever

What a great adventure and experience! Fasten your seat belts for an exciting ride. You get aboard... read more

Reviewed 27 January 2018
D846TMedm
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Fremont, United States
Authentic Wildlife Tour!

It's one of my most look forwarded activities in my first NZ trip. From habitat, species... read more

Reviewed 27 January 2018
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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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“nesting boxes” (32 reviews)
“penguins coming” (14 reviews)
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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"nesting boxes"
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"penguins coming"
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"conservation work"
in 20 reviews
"blue penguins"
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"wheel drive"
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"friendly sheep"
in 11 reviews
"new zealand"
in 58 reviews
"banks peninsula"
in 32 reviews
"overnight stay"
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"sea kayaking"
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"baby penguins"
in 11 reviews
"nature tour"
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"photo stops along the way"
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"cute penguins"
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"coming ashore"
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"eco tourism"
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"cruise ship"
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Reviewed 27 January 2018

What a great adventure and experience! Fasten your seat belts for an exciting ride. You get aboard a 4-wheel drive van and drive over the mountains on mostly dirt roads to secluded Flea Bay to view the amazing Pohatu Penguins. Vistas are amazing but the...More

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Pohatu_penguins, Manager at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this reviewResponded 30 January 2018

So glad you enjoyed the tour and many thanks for your wonderful review. All the best from the team

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Reviewed 27 January 2018

It's one of my most look forwarded activities in my first NZ trip. From habitat, species conservation and threats, the guides gave us a comprehensive view of the life of these little penguins. Although we didn't see many penguins return from the sea in the...More

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Pohatu_penguins, General Manager at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this reviewResponded 28 January 2018

Hi Teresa, Thank you so very much for your true comments about our tour and what we are about: continuing preserving the Little penguins and and sharing the history behind the self funded work. The sheep are like kids with lollies and it is true...More

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Reviewed 27 January 2018 via mobile

My partner and I decided last minute to do the evening penguin tour. We are both animal lovers and loved every minute of the tour. It was fantastic! Our tour guide, Luke, was extremely knowledable and helpful throughout. You could see from his passion and...More

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Pohatu_penguins, General Manager at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this reviewResponded 28 January 2018

Hi guys, A big thank you for your taking the time to share your time with us on our Evening penguin safari. Luke is very appreciative of your good words. he is very passionate indeed ^-^ Fitting the evening tour can be tricky if you...More

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Reviewed 23 January 2018 via mobile

We truly enjoyed our kayak adventure with Pohatu Penguins. Our guide, Ben, was knowledgeable, professional and showed us lots of penguins, interesting birds and seals. This was a definite highlight of our trip to New Zealand.More

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Pohatu_penguins, other at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this reviewResponded 24 January 2018

Thanks for your review, now is the moulting time for penguins, Mid Jan to Mid Feb and that is why we are seeing quite a few out there on the kayaking tour. Our spotted shag colony is always fun to look at to and Ben...More

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Reviewed 23 January 2018

Probably the highlight of our trip to New Zealand.. our group was picked up in Akaroa by Ben. Drove over a gorgeous mountain range to the inlet to kayak. What a beautiful place! Ben was a great guide, pointing out all the wildlife and giving...More

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Pohatu_penguins, other at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this reviewResponded 24 January 2018

That's great , Thanks so much for your recommendation of us, I'll let Ben know you guys had heaps of fun.He loves it when he is mentioned .lol.

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Reviewed 22 January 2018 via mobile

Learned a lot about little Penguins and their predators and challenges. Definitely an ecotour. Great views of the interior of Banks Peninsula.

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Pohatu_penguins, General Manager at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this reviewResponded 23 January 2018

Hi Patricia, A big thank you for your kind comments and categorizing us as a real eco-tour ^-^ Wishing you all the best and hoping to see you again. Kindly, Kevin.

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Reviewed 22 January 2018

I normally do not write reviews on "attractions" but felt I should in this instance. This is a generational family owned and operated business and this is reflected in the excellent customer service etc. It is all very natural however and this also means that...More

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Pohatu_penguins, General Manager at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this reviewResponded 23 January 2018

Hi there, Thank you very much for your kind comments. By the sound of it you were nicely treated to the very rare Yellow eyed penguin which is even for us always a special moment. The drive to the bay is indeed for the light...More

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Reviewed 20 January 2018 via mobile

Highly recommend Pohatu Penguins. It got us over to an area we wouldn't have been able to get to in our hire car giving us fantastic views of Akoroa Harbour from a different angle as well as the Pacific Ocean. The conservation reserve had a...More

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Pohatu_penguins, Front Office Manager at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this reviewResponded 22 January 2018

Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us at Pohatu. It is certainly true that to be able to witness this wild side of the Peninsula you need to have a 4WD or hop in one of our vehicles, and we...More

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Reviewed 20 January 2018

We visited in early December. We didn't know what to expect and got a treat of seeing baby penguins, penguins returning from their fishing trip, penguins on the beach. Wow what really good work you all do and to see and understand what is involved...More

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Pohatu_penguins, Front Office Manager at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this reviewResponded 22 January 2018

Thank you so much for taking the time to write about your experience with Pohatu. So nice to read that you had such a great time and that the overall experience exceeded your expectation! You came at a good time of the year to see...More

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Reviewed 18 January 2018 via mobile

This is a family-owned business doing incredible environmental work on the Banks Peninsula. We did the nature safari and the guide was so knowledgeable and brought us to secluded overlooks that were just mind-blowing. Then there are the penguins!!! The guides fed and swam them...More

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Pohatu_penguins, General Manager at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this reviewResponded 23 January 2018

Hi guys, Thank you very much for your kind comments, we're always happy to welcome people and show them our magic area ^-^ Very glad that you had a blast. All the best in the future. Kindly, Kevin.

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fay m
26 January 2018|
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Response from joyance | Reviewed this property |
They are really helpful, do email them if they can arrange something for you. It’s their private property where they help look after the penguins.
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Rumi A
9 January 2018|
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Response from RuthMiltonKeynesUK | Reviewed this property |
Yes I agree with the replies above
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Tina G
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Response from Pohatu_penguins | Property representative |
Hi there, Yes there is , We pick people up from the Akaroa main wharf on cruise ship days here, the tour starts from there with a scenic Drive over to pohatu penguin habitat, We have 2 land based tour options the 2 hour... More
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