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Pohatu Penguin Habitat

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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
8/2 Rue Balguerie | Wildside Booking Office, Akaroa 7520, New Zealand
+64 3-304 8542
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Reviewed 4 November 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...More

Thank Alexander L
Reviewed 31 October 2011

Beautiful from start (in Akaroa) to finish, including scenery, people and sheep and penguins. We were too early for baby penguin season but arrived at the farm next to the penguin colony when the baby lambs were in full bloom. Thoroughly enjoyed interacting with some...More

1  Thank prism30
Reviewed 8 July 2011

This tour was truly one of the coolest things we did in NZ. Not only did we get reliable information about NZ species, transportation to each site, and access to remote locations, our guide, Shireen, was kind, flexible, and thoughtful. Every time you travel internationally,...More

Thank sarahbear1221
Reviewed 3 April 2011

This was such a great trip and very good value. You get picked up in Akaroa at lunch time, taken over to the rugged Eastern bays of Banks Peninsula, shown conservation work and regenerating forest and the old lighthouse site. You spend an enjoyable night...More

Thank ADP66
Reviewed 29 March 2011

We were driven over the hill from Akaroa by Shireen for an evening excursion to visit the penguin colony at the Flea Bay Farm. The journey over an unmade road with precipitous drops alongside was an experience in itself. First stop was penguin feeding time,...More

Thank peterandpam2011
Reviewed 13 November 2010

Not only is this the only colony of these white-flippered penguins, this has to be the only tour that offers such a personal and insightful exerience of what is involved in developing and nurturing a natural habitat for this endangered species and you get to...More

1  Thank allesca
Reviewed 29 October 2010

My husband and I were lucky enough to be the only people on the tour and I have to say it was one of the most memorable experiences of my life. The drive to Flea Bay is absolutely terrifying (I DO NOT recommend driving this...More

1  Thank HollyA
Reviewed 12 May 2010

Now if you are looking for a more commercial experience, getting close to the penguins, seeing a reasonable amount of penguins, something easy and not too difficult, not time consuming, this is not for you! The drive to the habitat of Shirene and the penguins...More

2  Thank NatalieHayden
Reviewed 18 April 2008

There are a couple of tour options for visiting the Pohatu reserve, some involve kayaking and others just a hike through the penguin colonies. We were unable to do the kayak trip due to inclement weather, but the hike was absolutely amazing. The tour consists...More

1  Thank Tanchan
Reviewed 14 January 2008

We had heard about the Pohatu penguin tour from a friend, and made a day trip from Christchurch to Akaroa specifically for this. WOW was it worth it. Akaroa is a beautiful little seaside town, and Shirene Helps drives you to her home in Flea...More

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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.
Rumi A
9 January 2018|
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Response from RuthMiltonKeynesUK | Reviewed this property |
Yes I agree with the replies above
Tina G
2 November 2017|
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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