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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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Reviewed 2 days ago

From the journey up the hill from Akaroa down to Flea Bay spectacular scenery and informative guide Ben. Very safe kayaking adventure where we saw multiple penguins and seals (males, females and pups) as well as host of sea birds eg. Giant Petrel. To see...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 3 days ago

You will get to see the amazing countryside surrounding Akaroa and learn about the penguin conservation efforts by a local family. This is a family run business and the story you will hear of how they are making a difference is inspiring. The guides are...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Tour was very interesting. Guide was very knowledgeable. This was a family run operation that is truly dedicated to the rehabilitation and conservation of wildlife (Blue Penguins). We felt good that our tour proceeds will go towards their cause.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Ashley B
Kevin P, Front Office Manager at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Ashley, We really appreciate that you found this worthwhile. It's great that you enjoyed it, and found it interesting, so thank you for writing such a nice review on it. Kindly, Chloe

Reviewed 1 week ago

We absolutely loved this tour. Our guide Joey is the daughter of Shireen and Francis Helps who founded the farm/sanctuary - she was so knowledgable and passionate about the habitat and this area of New Zealand. We learned a great deal about conservation and the...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Diane L
Kevin P, Front Office Manager at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Diane, We're so glad you loved this tour! As so much work has gone into the conservation of the penguins, it's great to hear that you were so inspired. Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a positive review about...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went here in the beginning of Jan. ´19. We did not see many penguins but fair enough - that is nature. We did see the rehab. of the chicks and one was set free in the ocean. Unfortunately the trip was partly ruined by...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank DanishMP
Kevin P, Front Office Manager at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi there, Firstly we thank you for taking the time to write and share your experience with us on your Evening tour. We are glad that you enjoyed seeing the cute penguins, first being fed in the rehabilitation garden, then that you had the wonderful...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and I did this Dec. 15, 2018, from our cruise ship. It was the highlight for me of our 25 day Australia/New Zealand trip and one of the best (if not the best) cruise excursions I've ever taken. First our guide (whose name...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Mary Ann M
Kevin P, Front Office Manager at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Mary Ann, Thank you so much for your very kind review, it is really heartwarming to read that it was the highlight of your holiday, and one of the best of your excursions! Ben (your guide) will be delighted to hear that :) Thank...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This tour is mostly about conservation efforts. It wasn't quite what I expected, but you do get to see penguins, but not in their natural habitat. You can see the nesting boxes, which may or may not have chicks, and they also fed some of...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Kevin P, General Manager at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi there, Thank you very much for taking the time to share your thoughts on your time with us. It is true that there are times of the year aren't around as much as other and that is why we always try to explain as...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

What a memorable way to spend nye/nyd. We enjoyed the overnight package which included .... headland tour and knowledgeable commentary, guidance in walking routes for partial journey to flea bay, evening penguin tour (including sheep feeding, rehab penguin feeding, release of 1 rehab penguin onto...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank AMJMK
Kevin P, General Manager at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi guys, Very glad to read your review. The 24 hour package including accommodation is the way to go if you have time indeed ^-^ Sharing the area and the work done for the penguins with anyone but even more with the next generation is...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband and I did the sea kayaking trip and would recommend it. Not too many people in the group. A bumpy but beautiful ride over the headland providing photo ops and a bit of local history. Arrive at an isolated cove, to enjoy an...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Sarah C
Kevin P, General Manager at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi Sarah, Thank you for your review, it is always very good to hear from past clients and see that you enjoyed yourselves. We feel very privileged to live here and are always very happy to share the area with anyone keen on learning about...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoyed our 4 hours safari but honestly I wished I had booked the 2 hours instead. The reason I had chosen the longer tour, was that it was the one where they guarantee a visit at the penguins’ rehabilitation centre. We did stop by...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Kevin P, General Manager at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi Erica, Thank you very kindly for your review and having joined us on a tour, as you mentioned it is very important for us to welcome people as it allows us to continue the much necessary work to protect the penguins. We are sorry...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.
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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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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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