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Akaroa and Banks Peninsula Wild Penguins Tour provided by Maossie Tours

Akaroa and Banks Peninsula Wild Penguins Tour

Akaroa and Banks Peninsula Wild Penguins Tour
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Tour snapshot
Duration:
9h
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Hotel pickup offered
Group size:
15
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
  • Duration:
    9h
  • Taking Covid-19 safety measures
  • Hotel pickup offered
  • Group size:
    15
  • Ticket type:
    Mobile
  • Free cancellation
About
Know before you go
  • Duration: 9h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
What to expect
Know before you go
  • Duration: 9h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
What to expect
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 76064P4
Important information
Inclusions
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • GST (Goods and Services Tax)
  • Morning & Afternoon tea, coffee, snack
  • Beverages
  • Lunch
  • Live commentary on board & local guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (central Christchurch hotels only)
  • Transport by air-conditioned mini-coach
  • Entry/Admission - Okains Bay Maori and Colonial Museum
  • Entry/Admission - Akaroa
  • Entry/Admission - Akaroa
  • Entry/Admission - Barrys Bay Cheese
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
Duration
9h
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • Pickup available from any centrally located Christchurch hotel / motel. After hotel pick-ups, the distinctive Maossie Tours bus (black Mercedes) will parked and waiting alongside Canterbury Museum, Rolleston Ave Central Christchurch, near the corner of Worcester Blvd. until the scheduled departure time.
  • Canterbury Museum (Christchurch), Christchurch Central City, Christchurch 8013, New Zealand
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Most travellers can participate
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travellers
Inclusions
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • GST (Goods and Services Tax)
  • Morning & Afternoon tea, coffee, snack
  • Beverages
  • Lunch
  • Live commentary on board & local guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (central Christchurch hotels only)
  • Transport by air-conditioned mini-coach
  • Entry/Admission - Okains Bay Maori and Colonial Museum
  • Entry/Admission - Akaroa
  • Entry/Admission - Akaroa
  • Entry/Admission - Barrys Bay Cheese
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • Pickup available from any centrally located Christchurch hotel / motel. After hotel pick-ups, the distinctive Maossie Tours bus (black Mercedes) will parked and waiting alongside Canterbury Museum, Rolleston Ave Central Christchurch, near the corner of Worcester Blvd. until the scheduled departure time.
  • Canterbury Museum (Christchurch), Christchurch Central City, Christchurch 8013, New Zealand
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
9h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Most travellers can participate
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travellers
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Canterbury Museum (Christchurch)
    Or, you can also get picked up
    See Important Information for details
  • 1
    Maossie Tours
    Stop: 5 minutes
    See details
  • 2
    Little River
    Stop: 30 minutes
    See details
  • 3
    Little Akaloa
    Stop: 10 minutes
    See details
  • 4
    Okains Bay Maori and Colonial Museum
    Stop: 60 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 5
    Akaroa i-SITE Visitor Information Centre
    Stop: 10 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 6
    Pohatu penguins/Plunge NZ Ltd
    Stop: 2 hours - Admission included
    See details
  • 7
    Barrys Bay Cheese
    Stop: 10 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • You'll return to the starting point
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schaftravels
Colorado Springs7 contributions
Dec 2019
Toured with Gary and Nicole on our second full day in Christchurch. They treated our family of four in VIP style, from goodie bags, comfortable transportation and WiFi to stops at unique cafes/bakeries and beautiful scenery/historical locations. Having young boys, the Penguin aspect of this tour spurred our interest, but we are so grateful to have fully immersed in the Banks Peninsula and it's unique history and influence on the culture of the region. With Pohatu Penguins, while we knew the chances of seeing the adult penguins was not certain, we were able to view several nesting pens, taking in the beauty of the young creatures and their unique coloring. What we may have missed in first hand viewing, our guide Benjamin filled in educating us on the conservation efforts and daily life with these unique creatures. A gem of a tour, would join Gary and Nicole again for certain.
Written 31 December 2019
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Jeanettehb
3 contributions
Mar 2021
Great tour. Informative with amazing scenery. So much packed into the day!
Sadly we were out side of Penguin time but we saw seals up close and the little penguin boxes as if they were there.
Gary the guide/driver was a great host.
Thank you Maossie Tours.
Written 28 March 2021
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Maossie T
Your comments are so welcome: the nature safari is worthwhile even outside of the penguin times" - so glad you enjoyed the day.
Written 29 March 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Ryan W
Irthlingborough, UK11 contributions
Mar 2020 • Friends
What a spectacular trip this was.
We were picked up from our hotel and given an amazing tour of the local area on the way to see some penguins.
Full of knowledge and two of the most lovely people to have guide you.
They made us feel so special and made sure we were looked after all day.
If you have any reservations about going on this tour, don’t. Book it now.
Written 18 March 2020
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Elena Carling
1 contribution
Jan 2020 • Couples
A huge thank you to Nichole and Gray for such an amazing and personalised tour! They are extremely knowledgeable and friendly. They were able to show us the hidden gems of the area that we would have missed if we tried to do this ourselves. Could not recommend this tour enough.
Written 8 January 2020
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John V
Goodyear, AZ1 contribution
Jan 2020
We enjoyed the trip beginning to end. Both Gary and Nicole were welcoming and extremely knowledgeable. The food was excellent at every stop, and with prior notice, they carefully addressed the dietary limitations one of us had. We learned a great deal and had an even better day!
Written 7 January 2020
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yesgee2017
2 contributions
Apr 2019 • Family
A must do tour and a great day out if you are staying in Christchurch. The scenic route along the banks peninsula and the lakes on the way are awesome. Pohatu Penguins tour was the highlight of the tour. Checking out the penguins was a unique experience and Kudos to the nature conservationists.
Gary & Nicole are the best tour guides. Right from the warm welcome till the goodbye part, they made sure their guests are comfortable & well fed :) My little one had a great time and never felt a bit tired and loved the entire trip. Will definitely come back for another tour with you guys. Thank you.
Cheers,
Sangeetha
Written 28 April 2019
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Kia ora Sangeetha, We loved getting to know you and your family during the two tours you travelled with us. Thank you so much for your review. We really appreciate you taking the time to write it and are delighted the experience was also a good one for your son :) We hope your time in NZ was really special and hope to have a few new options ready for you next time you come to Canterbury (including a new game for Achut!) Take care Sangeetha & please give our regards to your family. Arohanui (much love), Nicole & Gary
Written 15 June 2019
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taylaparker
1 contribution
Nov 2018 • Solo
A tour with Maossie is a MUST DO! I was by myself and no one else had booked, but we went anyways so I have a full day personalized tour. Absolutely beautiful way to see New Zealand!
Written 29 November 2018
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Maossie_T
The eco-tour to see wild penguins is one of our most popular tours. Just one person, or a whole full bus full: either way we treasure our passengers!
Written 14 February 2019
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Jessica P
1 contribution
What a wonderful experience! Gary and Nicole are fantastic guides and all-around really nice people. They are both very knowledgable about the area and it’s history. The coach is very comfortable and the details of the day are thoughtful and well planned: from a welcome package when you climb aboard to well-timed “comfort” stops at interesting locations to delicious fresh food at tea and lunch. Gary even has Maori ancestry and gives great insight into the culture. Additionally, the scenery on the tour was incredible, Akoroa is a beautiful town, and the penguin portion of the tour was fun and informative (bonus - you can pet and feed sheep along the way!). Very highly recommended!
Written 13 November 2018
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Maossie_T
So glad you hgad such a wonderful time. We feel it a real privilige to share our ancestry, culture, and landscapes!
Written 14 February 2019
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cath g
Melbourne, Australia8 contributions
Aug 2019
My sister and I felt very well taken care of on the Akaroa and Banks Peninsula Wild Penguins Eco Tour. Gary and Nicole were lovely, friendly and attentive guides. The tour bus was very comfortable and we were very well fed throughout the day. Beautiful scenery, interesting stops including an isolated and fascinating museum. The penguin tour was great. We were able to see the penguins up close. I have no hesitation in recommending this Maossie Tours.
Written 16 August 2019
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Kia ora Cath, Thank you so much for your kind recommendation. We're so glad you and Sandra had an enjoyable first day in NZ and hope you had a wonderful time during your holiday here! We thoroughly enjoyed your company too and would love to connect again if you are ever back in Christchurch! We wish you both all the very best for your future adventures :) Take care, Nga mihi nui, (warmest regards) Nicole
Written 3 September 2019
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Big Wave Dave
1 contribution
Dec 2018 • Solo
I have been fortunate to have experienced many tours and adventures around the world, and Maossie Tours is a very special outfit. This husband and wife team are genuine, caring, and very fun to travel and explore with. Gary and Nicole provide loads of local color and insight while making sure that you are well looked after. I wholeheartedly recommend booking with them.
Written 20 December 2018
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Maossie_T
And you were so much fun to travel with too! Thank you for your recommendation
Written 14 February 2019
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gwendyandclive
gwendyandclive
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No show and dissapointed
Got a stock standard email to wait outside at 8:10am but half an hour later, driver did not turn up for pickup desp
jimlynette2017
jimlynette2017
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Almost a private tour
Gary is a real character. His stories bring to life not only his own family history and whakapapa but also the hist
HermitVisit
HermitVisit
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Very enjoyable day
Having lived in the South Island of NZ all our lives, neither of us had been to the Hermitage or Tasman Glacier bef
663gilliank
663gilliank
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Atrocious service
I booked this your more than 2, weeks in advance. Just before 5 pm on the day before the trip I called the company
joyfilled777
joyfilled777
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Delightful day tour
A friend and I booked a day tour for a first ever visit to Akaroa & Bank's Penninsula. We chose the Pohatu Penguin
leydya2021
leydya2021
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Amazing eco-safari day tour
This was such a lovely experience! Gary was very kind, friendly and he made sure we enjoyed every activity schedule
Mobile91601
Mobile91601
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Tour with Maossie.
Fantastic trip. Tour guide Gary made the day most enjoyable with his professionalism, knowledge and great personali
Schmerly
Schmerly
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Great Day
We had a great tour in the Aoraki-Mt Cook area with Gary from Maossie Tours. Gary is very friendly and knowledgeabl
zyz0
zyz0
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Absolutely Amazing
The best and amazing tour I’ve ever had. I’m glad that I took this trip when I went to Christchurch. Gary (who is a
729rainel
729rainel
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Great one day trip with amazing views
The Maossie Tours are very friendly, dedicated and professional, I was given hand sanitizer and snacks the moment I
alisonw526
alisonw526
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A great day.
A brilliant day out with Gary. Weather not brilliant but still had a great day. Excellent driver too.
MVarma
MVarma
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Fantastic trip
I was a bit apprehensive about traveling with 3 children (5,14,15) but we had the whole bus to ourselves with 2 of
TrevorR1147
TrevorR1147
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Wonderful views of the McKenzie County and Aoraki and the Tasman Glacier.
A wonderful day. Gary is a proficient, friendly, and informative guy, and an accomplished driver. His Mercedes coac
blackwateris
blackwateris
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Amazing day out.
It was an amazing day out, fantastic views. Aoraki-Mt Cook was just a cherry on the cake. It blew me away... Most s
moonyounglee
moonyounglee
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an amazing day trip
It should be a must do in chch. Wherever you go what you see is way more than you expect. Would definitely recommen
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