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Pohatu Penguin Habitat

#4 of 23 Tours in Akaroa Features Animals
8/2 Rue Balguerie | Wildside Booking Office, Akaroa 7520, New Zealand
+64 3-304 8542
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Definitely worth a visit!

Me and my partner got a last minute spot one evening this month. A lovely French man took us in his... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Jo S
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Penguin habitat @ Akaroa

Reached Akaroa late due to the earthquake last November but Kevin (I hope I get his name right... read more

Reviewed 19 April 2017
Saleh H
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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 seals and other wildlife -24 or 48 hour package including accommodation in the middle of the penguin colony
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“flea bay” (66 reviews)
“nesting boxes” (22 reviews)
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
LOCATION
8/2 Rue Balguerie | Wildside Booking Office, Akaroa 7520, New Zealand
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+64 3-304 8542

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Me and my partner got a last minute spot one evening this month. A lovely French man took us in his van up a big hill and stopped off at all the lovely spots, explaining all the history around us and was very accommodating. We...More

Thank Jo S
Pohatu_penguins, Front Office Manager at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi guys, We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your whole experience with us at Pohatu Penguins! Thank you for recommending us :) All the best in your future wildlife discoveries, it's always worth making a last minute decision like this one ;)

Reviewed 19 April 2017

Reached Akaroa late due to the earthquake last November but Kevin (I hope I get his name right) waited for us patiently and drove us up to the habitat.On the way through the hills and mountain telling us stories abt the country, the people, the...More

Thank Saleh H
Pohatu_penguins, Manager at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this reviewResponded 22 April 2017

Hi there, Thank you very much for your nice comments; we are glad to hear that you enjoyed your Evening penguin tour and would also love to hear from you to see how we could have make your tour even more enjoyable. Just a quick...More

Reviewed 15 April 2017

We had a fabulous time with our guide Avril who looked after us both superbly well. She was very knowledgeable and passionate about preserving the wildlife in the Akaroa area. Down at her uncle and aunts farm we were made welcome guests and shown how...More

1  Thank Alistair G
Pohatu_penguins, Nature guide. at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this reviewResponded 17 April 2017

Hi there, Oh thanks so much for your review, I'm happy you guys had a great time, Yes we did a lot of walking this day right out to one of the hides we use on Evening tours. I think you guys had more energy...More

Reviewed 14 April 2017

Went on the quick afternoon tour of Flea Bay - had a few stops on the way to take some pictures, then when we got to the bay we fed sheep, watched some chicks getting fed/nest boxes being checked, then to finish off saw some...More

Thank fwebz
Pohatu_penguins, Nature guide. at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this reviewResponded 16 April 2017

Thanks you so much for your review, Short and sweet sounds like you did our 2 hour nature tour. Happy holidays :)

Reviewed 3 April 2017

We were very lucky to strike a fabulously still morning when commencing Day 2 of the BP Track so seized the opportunity to kayak with Murray. As it is past penguin season we were not disappointed to see only one solitary penguin - the cute...More

Thank zhuhai2007
Pohatu_penguins, Manager at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this reviewResponded 22 April 2017

Hi there, Thank you very much for your nice comments on TripAdvisor and understanding of wildlife behavior. I trust the rest of the walk was as enjoyable. It is a stunning walk on top the cliffs looking at the endless Pacific ocean. Thank you kindly,...More

Reviewed 2 April 2017

My husband and I decided to visit the town of Akaroa, as a daytrip from Christchurch. Though it was not part of our original plan (we were hoping to visit Kiakoura, but road closures made that impossible) - we are so happy we chose to...More

Thank Laura P
Pohatu_penguins, Front Office Manager at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi Laura, Thank you for taking the time to review about Pohatu Penguins. We are happy that your unexpected change of plans led you guys to our little piece of paradise and that you had such a great time! Benoit will be delighted to read...More

Reviewed 28 March 2017

We did the half-day kayaking tour of Flea Bay. Early morning start, 4WD transfer over the hills from Akaroa to the Bay. Our guide, Kevin, was brilliant. He looked after everyone in the group (maybe 15-18 people with children through to people in their 60s),...More

1  Thank YimF
Pohatu_penguins, Manager at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this reviewResponded 30 March 2017

Hi there, Thank you very much for your great comments and understanding of what we are trying to achieve in terms of making everyone realized that wildlife is here to be enjoyed today and tomorrow. It might sound like a everybody is saying it but...More

Reviewed 20 March 2017 via mobile

We did the Pohatu Penguin Package, with lodging for one night, penguin tour, and kayaking. Event though we came outside of the regular penguin season, Sherine and Francis gave us a wonderful tour of the area and we even managed to find a few late...More

Thank Andrew E
Pohatu_penguins, Manager at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this reviewResponded 23 March 2017

Hi there, Thank you very much for your nice comments regarding your experience of our 24 hour Pohatu package. It is indeed a really good way to discover the area. Scenic drive, bush walk, kayaking and finding some penguins late march was something quite nice...More

Reviewed 24 February 2017

We went my husband, my 9 years old daughter, my friend and myself for a 4 hours kayaking excursion in the flea bay and it was one of the best experience of our trip. Murray was our guide and has been great from A to...More

1  Thank Hecvanessa
Pohatu_penguins, Guide at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this reviewResponded 2 March 2017

Hi there, Thank you very much for those nice comments. It is quite a trip indeed and even more impressive on nice sea conditions. We cannot always take young children but when the weather comply it is a blast even fore clients like you that...More

Reviewed 24 February 2017

Loved this experience. Collected by Joey and taken to her parent's farm on Flea Bay. They and the other farmers around are trapping predators (stoats, weasels, possums etc) to create a safe environment for the penguin colony. We saw sick and orphaned penguins being cared...More

Thank Devaflam
Pohatu_penguins, Manager at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this reviewResponded 25 February 2017

Hello, Thank you very kindly for your nice comments. We are indeed able to get up close to some penguins because of a lot of conservation work that has been done by local landowners: Shireen and Francis Helps (Joey's parents). Rehabilitation, nesting sites, predator control......More

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calebbrewster
What company did you use and what companies have Pohatu day tour starting from and with return to Christchurch? Can this also include Harbor nature cruise?
23 April 2017|
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Response from Pohatu_penguins | Property representative |
Hi there, Sorry we don't do pick ups from Christchurch, But the French connection Shuttle works well with all Pohatu penguin day tours. They get you to Akaroa around 10am-10.30am and depart around 4pm , it gives us time to... More
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Jwenad
Is there a possibility of actually touching the penguins? Tks!
4 March 2017|
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Response from Pohatu_penguins | Property representative |
Hi there, Thanks for your question, Sometimes we have penguins in Rehabilitation and Shireen or one of the guides will feed these penguins in front of you, Shireen only touches these penguins to feed them, we never cuddle... More
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Penelope P
Hi, We are visiting Akaroa for the day this week & want to visit the Penguin colony. Do you have to do a tour? I'm not sure we would have time
20 February 2017|
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Response from Pohatu_penguins | Property representative |
Hello and thank you for your interest. We are not running the Evening Penguin tours at the moment because it is the end of the breeding season and not many penguins are coming a shore but there are still a number of penguins... More
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