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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 19 March 2018

Sorry for the lateness of my review, but I could not miss giving you guys a shout out. My husband and I had a blast kayaking with Ben searching for the hidden blue penguins. The bay was beautiful and calm and we got more excited...More

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank Barolo2012
Pohatu_penguins, Front Office Manager at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this reviewResponded 22 March 2018

Hi there and thank you so much for taking the time to review your Kayaking experience with Ben. We are so pleased to read this was the highlight of your trip!! We are looking forward to your next visit :) Geraldine

Reviewed 19 March 2018 via mobile

Kayak tour guide, Rocky was delightful and very knowledgeable about the flora and fauna as well as The human cultural elements off the area. The kayaks were in good shape and the van rid was good. The high point was the geography and the white...More

Date of experience: March 2018
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Pohatu_penguins, Front Office Manager at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this reviewResponded 22 March 2018

Wow, thank you so much for your great rating! It was one of those lucky day to have Hectors dolphins in the bay. Thank you again and all the best to you :) Geraldine

Reviewed 16 March 2018 via mobile

Thankyou guys for an excellant day. Tour guide was great and the home cooked cakes and cookies were amazing

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Jane N
Pohatu_penguins, Front Office Manager at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this reviewResponded 19 March 2018

Thanks so much, My Aunty Shireen always bakes fresh muffins for the scenic Nature tour so when you guys arrive they are still warm from coming out of the oven. Thanks for coming, have a great rest of your holiday. Averil

Reviewed 11 March 2018

The Pohatu reserve was certainly one of the best experience we had during our trip in New Zealand. Had we known better we would have chosen the Pohatu package, but we still got to do the sea kayaking tour and the evening penguin tour. Breathtaking,...More

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank Célia G
Pohatu_penguins, Front Office Manager at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this reviewResponded 14 March 2018

Thanks kindly for your review of us, sounds like you got lucky and saw it all. Yes more and more people are wanting to combine the kayaking tour and waiting in the bay to do the evening penguin tour, we may be looking into making...More

Reviewed 8 March 2018

My husband and I were met by Ben and another tour guide with two 8 person ATV vans. They accomodated two families with preschool age children as well as older people slower in their walking pace. We stopped at several places for viewing the scenery...More

Date of experience: February 2018
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Pohatu_penguins, Front Office Manager at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this reviewResponded 14 March 2018

Thanks so much for your review, sounds like you did our 2 hour nature tour , it is the best tour for people with young kids a shorter tour with not as much hiking around and plenty of time to explore our little town after....More

Reviewed 7 March 2018

This tour was the highlight of our trip. My husband and I love this place and the effort Sharine and Francis have put in to make this successful. You can feel the love and dedication towards penguins, seals, sheep and mother nature itself. Our tour...More

Date of experience: March 2018
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Pohatu_penguins, General Manager at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this reviewResponded 14 March 2018

Hi Aprajita, Thank you for your kind words regarding your sea-kayaking safari with Racquel. We are very happy to see that we were the highlights of your holidays in New Zealand. It is always a special things to read. Shireen and Francis have done an...More

Reviewed 2 March 2018

Thoroughly enjoyed our visit to the little penguins and also feeding the friendly sheep. What a stunning place with views across the bay and lots of birds. We were given afternoon tea under the shade of a tree and taken to watch the convalescing penguins...More

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank Janey J
Pohatu_penguins, General Manager at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this reviewResponded 4 March 2018

Hi there, Thank you very much for sharing your thoughts about the tour you have done with us. The Full Scenic Nature Safari really allows you to discover the peninsula. taking the time for afternoon tea is something that we should be doing more while...More

Reviewed 2 March 2018

My girlfriend and I drove into Akaroa and somehow completely missed the massive storm. When we got to the i-site, all tours were cancelled except for this one, because it stays on land (keep that in mind if the weather looks troubling). We were both...More

Date of experience: January 2018
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Pohatu_penguins, General Manager at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this reviewResponded 4 March 2018

Hi guys, Thank you so very much for your understanding of who we are and why we operate. You are right everything we do is for the penguins and your comments about cuddling penguins, you are right this would never happen. They are wild animal...More

Reviewed 1 March 2018

If you have a 4 wheel drive vehicle then I'd highly recommend the self driving tour. We met up at the shop in Akaroa and followed along behind the tour van. We had signed up for the nature tour so we weren't really expecting to...More

Date of experience: February 2018
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Pohatu_penguins, nature guide at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this reviewResponded 3 March 2018

Thanks for your review, Sounds like you had a really great trip with us, That week was a really lucky week as we had 2 different species moulting in the bay, a crested penguin possibly from snares island and a Fiordland crested penguin hanging out...More

Reviewed 1 March 2018 via mobile

An amazing sunny hot summer half day on the Banks Peninsula with our guide Rachel from Akaroa to Damons Bay and Flea Bay.

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank Laura D
Pohatu_penguins, nature guide. at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this reviewResponded 3 March 2018

Thanks for your review, A hot sunny day, lucky you , it's not always like that even in our summer. Thanks kindly.

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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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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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