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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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20/10 - would recommend

This was an AMAZING experience. Our guide was so sweet and knowledgeable and very respectful of our... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Sydney J
via mobile
Delightful Tour for the Whole Family!

This family run habitat and tour was one of the highlights of our trip to NZ. Since it was the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Claire U
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San Jose, California
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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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  • Very good8%
  • Average1%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible1%
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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 2 days 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
Reviewed 1 week ago

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

Thank Claire U
Kevin P, Manager at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days 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 2 weeks ago

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

Thank Medon L
Pohatu_penguins, nature guide. at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

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

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

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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

Reviewed 13 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 15 April 2017

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

Reviewed 2 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

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Pohatu_penguins, Manager at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this reviewResponded 21 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 31 May 2017

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

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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

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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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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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