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Pohatu Penguin Habitat

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Akaroa, New Zealand
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About Pohatu Penguin Habitat
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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leoo5o8 wrote a review Feb. 2021
Wellington, New Zealand10 contributions1 helpful vote
Absolutely fantastic tour (starting right at the booking stage), even though we were outside of penguin season! Tour guide was exceptional. She had great knowledge of the history of the area, and was passionate about conservation. Just our family group (including two 70+ members) made up the tour which made it a more intimate experience. We all had an amazing time. Highly recommended.
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Date of experience: February 2021
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Paul W wrote a review Feb. 2021
Wellington, New Zealand62 contributions8 helpful votes
Our guide, Kevin, had a great sense of humour, was very organised and extremely knowledgeable about the local flora and fauna.
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Date of experience: February 2021
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Response from Pohatu_penguins, Manager at Pohatu Penguin Habitat
Responded 1 week ago
Hi Paul, Always a pleasure sharing Akaroa and Banks peninsula. Thank you fr the kind words about my sense of humour. I'll make my wife read this and prove to her that people enjoy it ;-D All the best. Kevin.
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nickyb457 wrote a review Feb. 2021
Auckland, New Zealand8 contributions1 helpful vote
Amazing tour. We had an incredible time and got as close as you can get to a penguin without holding it. Ben, our guide was wonderful and I learned so much from him. It is a superb experience. I would recommend it to everyone.
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Date of experience: February 2021
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Response from Pohatu_penguins, Manager at Pohatu Penguin Habitat
Responded 1 week ago
Hi Nicky, A very high valued comment. Ben is a fantastic bird watcher and love sharing his knowledge on tour. We hope to see you again in our part of New Zealand. Kindly, Kevin.
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MilmineM wrote a review Feb. 2021
Auckland, New Zealand419 contributions127 helpful votes
It is wonderful to see the work the Helps family and others have done to improve the penguin numbers in Pōhatu Marine Reserve. If you happen to meet one of the family they will no doubt be happy to tell you about their work and show you some of the penguin shelters.
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Date of experience: February 2021
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Response from Pohatu_penguins, Manager at Pohatu Penguin Habitat
Responded 1 week ago
HI Megan, Thank you very much for your nice words and yes indeed we are all always very happy to talk about what the family has achieved over the year. The more we can talk about it and the more we hope that people will take action and look at their backyard a bit differently with more of a conservation eye ^-^ All the best. Kevin.
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Karen P wrote a review Feb. 2021
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From the moment the tour started to the moment it finished it was just amazing. The hosts could not do enough for you. I got a sense of this special place with spectacular views, serenity, a wonderful kayaking tour to see the seals up close and got to see a penguin in its nesting box, Will try and stay next time.
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Date of experience: February 2021
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Response from Pohatu_penguins, Front Office Manager at Pohatu Penguin Habitat
Responded 3 weeks ago
Thank you! We would love to have you come back to stay overnight and experience all what Pohatu has to offer :) All the best in the meantime!
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