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Address: 8/2 Rue Balguerie | Wildside Booking Office, Akaroa 7520, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 3-304 8542
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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Pohatu penguins is a family owned business that offers 4WD safaris trip to...

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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The best way to see penguins

It was my dads goal to see penguins on his nz trip and this was more than we could have asked for! The drive was spectacular (a bit nerve wracking for my mom), and the information... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

It was my dads goal to see penguins on his nz trip and this was more than we could have asked for! The drive was spectacular (a bit nerve wracking for my mom), and the information and passion about the conservation project was so well done. And we got to see the penguins come in from the water and up... More 

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Indianapolis, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Avril and her family have an amazing tour! Our tour was a small group of 4 of us and Avril was very personal. Her passion for the Penguins really showed! We took the day trip and saw beautiful scenery! Even though we didn't do the evening penguin tour, we still saw penguins in their nests and even a few out... More 

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Thank Blake R
Pohatu_penguins, Front Office Manager at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this review

Hi Blake. It's so nice of you to take the time to review your experience with Pohatu (Averil remembers you and Morgan and had a great time with you guys!). You got it, the passion is what drives us!! Thanks guys :) More 

Aalborg, Denmark
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a really good time it's lovely to see penguins in their natural environment and you can see that the people there really care about their well-being. Our guides were funny, knowledgeable and full of positive energy. The scenic photo stops on the way were very nice, and you get to know a lot about the history and nature... More 

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Pohatu_penguins, Manager at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this review

Hi there, Thank you very much for taking the time to share your experience. We are all very happy to share what has been done. The penguins are the reason we keep our smiles on. Even if, when we have some in rehabilitation, some can be feisty, they are a pleasure to care for. Wishing you the best in your... More 

Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This trip was a highlight! You start off with a wild 4WD track over the mountain to get to the Penguins. There are a couple of photo stops along the way, where you can really see the wonderful Akaroa harbour from up high. I definitely do not think my little rental car would have liked the drive! On arrival to... More 

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Pohatu_penguins, Manager at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your wonderful review. It was great to have you along on the tour and to share this special place with you. Best of luck for the end of 2016. Have a Merry Christmas! More 

Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We did the evening penguin tour last weekend and it was fabulous. Our guide was Kevin and his passion and exuberance for this conservation project was truly contagious. We had a lovely drive over to Flea Bay, with photo opportunities along the way to take in the gorgeous scenery. On arrival we were greeted by a flock of sheep and... More 

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Pohatu_penguins, Manager at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your wonderful review. We would love to have you back here again some day. Have a very Merry Christmas. More 

Berks
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Fantastic trip seeing many penguins in there natural environment. Our tour guide, Benoit, was clearly very passionate about the penguins and we saw not only blue penguins but also yellow eyed ones. Extremely helpful staff (thanks Geraldine) helped me plan the trip as there are only 2 shuttle buses to Akaroa a day and these don't coincide with the evening... More 

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Pohatu_penguins, Manager at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your wonderful review. It was lovely to have you on our tour. Have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had a great day with joey. She shared with us lots of interesting information about the beautiful areas we visited , the fauna snd the flora. she also shared with us the story of her family and its unusual commitment to conservation of new zealand's plants and animals. We saw the small pinguins in their habitats, fur seals, birds... More 

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Pohatu_penguins, General Manager at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this review

Hi there, Thank you kindly for your comments. Always very nice to receive feedback. True that Shireen and Francis commitment seem like a lot but they have taught us that anyone can do something. They have pout their mind to it and have, sometimes been called crazy but here we are 30 years later with the largest colony of Little... More 

Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was an experience of a lifetime for us. The drive up and down the treacherous mountain pass was accomplished so easily by our guide who is the niece of the owner. Her conversation along the way was quite informative. It was obvious that she and her family really care about the conservation of the penguins. We were quite lucky... More 

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Flowood, Mississippi
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This excursion was so enjoyable. The drive to the bay was super scenic and included photo opportunities as well as educational and entertaining commentary by our guide Averil. The setting at Flea Bay is beautiful and before walking out into the viewing areas we spent a little time feeding the local sheep. The guide's enthusiasm was contagious as we investigated... More 

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We took the Scenic Nature tour with Pohatu Penguins as an excursion from our cruise ship and had a magnificent day. Shreen was our guide and in addition to seeing some beautiful scenery we were able to get up and personal with several nesting penguins. We were also lucky enough to witness four adolescent penguins come ashore for a brief... More 

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Pohatu_penguins, Front Office Manager at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this review

Hi Bruce, Thank you very much for taking the time to write this review and to recommend our little local familial company. It sounds like you had a great experience with us and we are always happy to make our guests happy ;) More 

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