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Pohatu Penguin Habitat

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Excellent! Must do!

The first thing you will see is the price but don't be put off... Take the four hour, longer, tour... read more

Reviewed 6 February 2018
westwalesfoodie
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Brilliant day out for the family

We went in the afternoon trip to see the penguins. We have 2 babies and our toddler was delighted... read more

Reviewed 4 February 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...more
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 6 February 2018 via mobile

The first thing you will see is the price but don't be put off... Take the four hour, longer, tour and it is worth every penny. Luke, our guide, was excellent and the scenery stunning. All finished with a close encounter with the penguins. Great...More

Thank westwalesfoodie
Pohatu_penguins, General Manager at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this reviewResponded 7 February 2018

Hi there, Thank you very much for your kinds words of Luke. We're all very happy to see that you had a great afternoon. Kindly, Kevin.

Reviewed 5 February 2018 via mobile

Went on a kayak trip to view penguins, seals, etc. great trip for beginners. Too short for experienced kayakers. Our guide was great and very dedicated to keeping the area pristine and protected from unauthorized use in a marine preserve. Would definitely recommend the overnight...More

Thank Dale H
Pohatu_penguins, General Manager at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this reviewResponded 7 February 2018

Hi Dale, Thank you very much for commenting on your sea-kayaking safari with us and realizing that we ought to keep our environment in good health and respecting a certain wildlife code. It is true that our tours are great for beginners, especially on calm...More

Reviewed 4 February 2018 via mobile

We went in the afternoon trip to see the penguins. We have 2 babies and our toddler was delighted to see penguins for the first time ever. Our trip was so well organized and the staff were really lovely. We had a great commentary on...More

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Pohatu_penguins, Front Office Manager at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this reviewResponded 6 February 2018

Thank you for sharing your experience with Pohatu. We are so glad to read that you had an enjoyable time on the way and in the bay. I bet your children will remember their encounter with penguins and a seal, that is pretty special! Thank...More

Reviewed 2 February 2018

This is an amazing facility, doing amazing conservation work. They deserve our full support. The chance to see these blue penguins is rare, and amazing. The collection in Akaroa is seamless and the trip to the habitat offers amazing views and on this occasion our...More

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Pohatu_penguins, General Manager at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this reviewResponded 4 February 2018

Hi there, Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts about your moment with us. We are glad to hear that you have been amazed about the self funded conservation work as we really wish to encourage people to do the same once...More

Reviewed 2 February 2018 via mobile

My husband and I took this tour and what an amazing day we had! A friendly, professional, knowledgeable and fun team made this an unforgettable experience. Thanks guys and best wishes for the future!

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Pohatu_penguins, General Manager at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this reviewResponded 3 February 2018

Hi guys, Thank you for your nice comments and good wishes. We're all very motivated to keep on going and protecting the penguins. Thank you and all the best. Kindly, Kevin.

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

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

Thank Teresa L
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

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

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

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

Thank Joanie663
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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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
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Response from RuthMiltonKeynesUK | Reviewed this property |
Yes I agree with the replies above
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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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