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Pohatu Penguin Habitat

#3 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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Great experience!

We arrived to Akaroa during a rainstorm, which flooded parts of the village, so our tour was... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Maja P
Fantastic

We were booked on a sea kayak tour which was unfortunately cancelled due to unsuitable weather... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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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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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 2 days ago

We arrived to Akaroa during a rainstorm, which flooded parts of the village, so our tour was unfortunately initially cancelled. Our guide, the daughter of the owners of the farm, was very flexible though, so we got our tour the next day. She even managed...More

Thank Maja P
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were booked on a sea kayak tour which was unfortunately cancelled due to unsuitable weather- however we were offered either a full refund or an alternative tour. I am so glad we took the 4WD alternative tour- it was fantastic! Our guide, Kevin, was...More

Thank katemilnes
Pohatu_penguins, Manager at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi there, Thank you very much for sharing your thoughts on Tripadvisor and thank you very much for your nice comments regarding my guiding. It is nice to hear that you are doing well but please feel free to get in touch if you think...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a great way to see the bay area of Akaroa in a relatively short space of time. Kevin, our guide, stopped off at many interesting and beautiful vantage points and was extremely knowledgable about the area and wildlife. The penguin sightings on offer...More

Thank JShep1985
Pohatu_penguins, Manager at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi guys, Thank you very much for sharing your good time with us. By the sounds of it the homemade muffins were the selling point for you ^-^ We are always very happy to share the family story about the 30 years long conservation project...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

An awesome time with Kevin as our guide. We were only in Akaroa for one day and the 3 hour tour was a great combo of good views, Banks Peninsula history, and of course penguins!! We also got to feed sheep which was fun. On...More

1  Thank Sebastian L
Pohatu_penguins, Manager at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you so much for your wonderful review, It was fun having you along on the tour and so glad you had a memorable trip. Best of luck for the rest of this year. Many thanks from the Pohatu team

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This was an AMAZING experience. Our guide was so sweet and knowledgeable and very respectful of our needs/limitations physically as well as those of the penguins. A completely unforgettable part of our trip in New Zealand that I cannot recommend highly enough. The conservation they...More

Thank Sydney J
Pohatu_penguins, Manager at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hello there, Very happy to read your review, we can really feel your joy ^-^ We are always very keen on sharing the family story and the 30 years long conservation project funded by people like you coming on a tour. You have helped funding...More

Reviewed 12 July 2017

This family run habitat and tour was one of the highlights of our trip to NZ. Since it was the start of Winter (early June 2017), we booked the 4WD tour instead of the kayak option. Kevin and daughter Nest were wonderful hosts! Prior to...More

1  Thank Claire U
Kevin P, Manager at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi there, I don't have the word to thank you enough for such nice comments. You have very well described us and what we try to achieve, e.g sharing the family history and dedication to protect those cute little penguins. But also inspiring people in...More

Reviewed 3 July 2017

We had booked on the kayaking tour but the tour was unable to run due to unfavourable weather conditions. We were offered the land-based 4-hour safari tour instead, and we are very glad that we accepted the offer! The tour begins with a trip up...More

1  Thank Medon L
Pohatu_penguins, nature guide. at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this reviewResponded 4 July 2017

Hey thanks awesome Aussie family for the lovely review :) A pleasure to take you guys around our little part of the world , and I won't forget you guys as I screamed like a little girl when I almost stepped on that unexpected sleeping...More

Reviewed 29 May 2017 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

1  Thank Jo S
Pohatu_penguins, Front Office Manager at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this reviewResponded 31 May 2017

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 21 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 16 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

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calebbrewster
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
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
19 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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