Pōhatu Penguin
Pōhatu Penguin
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About
Pōhatu 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
Akaroa, New Zealand
Meets animal welfare guidelines

Awards
Travellers' Choice
2023

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Stephen
Busselton, Australia18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Brilliant experience on this 4 hour trip with Joey, her knowledge was something else, she had lived and farmed in the area for over 20 years, and where the Penguin sanctuary was, was on her parents farm, and it was them who actually started the sanctuary. We saw Penguins in their boxes as at this time of year they are moulting. Would highly recommend this trip
Written 26 February 2024
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Ruby
Melbourne, Australia11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
It was a perfect day for kayaking and the sea was calm, which made it extra special. Ben and viola took great care of us and told us so many stories about these flightless birds. All in all a wonderful day. Thank you
Written 24 February 2024
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KEVIN P
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
We did the combo kayaking tour and evening penguin tour and both were excellent. The guides were knowledgeable and fun and we saw so much wildlife! I would recommend people making the drive out to Akaroa just to do this tour.
Written 23 February 2024
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1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
Amazing, just amazing! Kevin and Joy are knowledgeable, friendly and their commitment to these small creatures is palpable, but delivered with humor. This is a great tour for any age and interests. If you are anywhere near Christchurch. Our only regret is that we did not spend a night or two in stunningly beautiful Akaroa. Why is this place not on some list for the most gorgeous waterfronts on the planet?
Written 18 February 2024
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Busy_Lissy
Kingston-upon-Hull, UK150 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
We booked a 24 hour package and loved every moment. Check in was easy, the intro tour took us to some great viewpoints and Caitlin was a fount of knowledge on the eco history of NZ. The 3 HR downhill walk is very steep and we could feel it in our legs the next day, but worth doing.
We stayed in the gypsy wagon which was cosy and comfortable. We had lovely views straight out to the bay from our veranda. Watching the milky way re veal itself while sat out on the veranda with a chilled glass of wine was magical
The kitchen was adequate though we could not get the oven to work but managed with the hob. We came during moulting season so there were fewer pensions to see but we still saw some close up and some on the water.
The kayaking the next day was good fun and gave us close up views of numerous seals and pups, some little penguins foraging in the sea and five Hector's dolphins that came very close.
Overall this was an unforgettable experience and well worth doing.
Written 15 February 2024
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PhilMalone
Footscray, Australia1,399 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
This was ana mazing trip - the kayaking was superb and we saw lots of penguins in the bay. Vila was an excellent guide, with very clear communication concerning our safety and what to expect. We never felt in danger out on the choppy seas in the kayak because Vila explained everything so well.
The overall trip was amazing with some great photo stops on the way to the Bay south of Akaroa.
I would thoroughly recommend this tour company and the kayaking trip.
Written 11 February 2024
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Lara A
London, UK9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
We found out about this tour through a family member of ours who was aware of the colony that lived on the property. We booked the evening tour and had Joey as our guide who was absolutely fantastic. She’s so knowledgeable of the area, the various flora and fauna and all the animals too. Seeing the penguins so up close is just such an unforgettable experience. And seeing how the team do their conservation work is fascinating. It felt like a very personal experience as it’s a family run business. Worth bringing a windproof jacket and a warm layer even in summer as it does get chilly in the evening. Only an hour and a bit away from Christchurch it’s a must do if you’re travelling down this area.
Written 11 February 2024
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Madison, WI8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
Really fun trip, we did the 24 hour package and loved the hike with many waterfalls, kayaking in the bay and staying on the farm with the sheep. Highlight was viewing the penguin chicks in their boxes, Meg was en enthusiastic and knowledgeable guide. Also recommend the Penguin cabin for a group of 4 or family.
Written 8 February 2024
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Emma P
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Absolutely amazing day! Did the hike + kayak the views on the hike were stunning and the amount of wildlife we got to see on the kayak was just spectacular! Viola was a brilliant guide, incredibly knowledgeable about the area and wildlife. couldn’t have asked for more!!
Written 7 February 2024
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Joshua L
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
The staff there are amazing and extremely knowledgeable. They make an effort to make sure you and the wildlife are safe, that you have a good experience on the kayaks, and see the local wildlife that inhabit the area. You’ll get to see seals, local birds, dolphins (if you’re lucky like we were), and penguins. The cost is extremely affordable for what you get out of the experience compared to a lot of other guided tours. Also, the money goes to support the penguins and staff doing their important work.
Written 5 February 2024
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