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Pohatu Penguin Habitat

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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...more
Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
8/2 Rue Balguerie | Wildside Booking Office, Akaroa 7520, New Zealand
+64 3-304 8542
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Reviewed yesterday

This was such a cool experience. We got to see baby penguins, penguins, and seals. The setting was so beautiful. The guides were very passionate about this work. Highly recommend.

Thank gsamale
Reviewed yesterday

We took this tour as an excursion from our cruise ship. Pick up and drop off were easy and on time. There is a short drive over to the bay where we kayaked. We spent a bit of time getting outfitted with our gear. (They...More

Thank TheTwinsMom
Reviewed 2 days ago

We weren't certain our sea kayaking was going to be possible due to high winds, but our wonderful guide was able to get us out in the cove with no issues (and no high waves). We did not see a lot of penguins or seals...More

Thank oldlady21
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Did this tour with the sea kayaking. Very impressive results bringing back animals and native vegetation to NZ. Saw MANY fur seals and some penguins along with sea birds.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We did the four hr 4wd tour to Ave’s Aunties place. The penguins live on their sheep property and all the proceeds from the tour are invested into the conservation and protection of these cute little critters. Ave (the guide) was very informative and made...More

Thank Diane D
Kevin P, Front Office Manager at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Diane, thanks a lot for taking the time to review your experience at Pohatu. I'm glad to hear you had a good time on your tour despite the unusual wet weather for the season! We are still dealing with the consequences of the heavy...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

We took the evening tour. The family are clearly doing a great job of penguin conservation and it was lovely to see and learn about this. We saw inside several penguin nest boxes. I can understand why each box opening is for just a few...More

Thank Broaden-the-mind
Kevin P, General Manager at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi there, Thank you for your review and advises about our Evening tour option. We are very glad to see that you had a good time and learnt about the conservation effort that saved the penguins from extinction from the area. All of the work...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I can’t recommend this highly enough: If you like: -Supporting quality environmental activity -Finding out about wildlife and conservation in a relaxed manner with very nice people - Spectacular unspoiled landscape Then book this now. And the weather doesn’t matter: take a coat if it’s...More

Thank thereandbackagainNZ
Kevin P, Front Office Manager at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi there, Thanks so much for your very kind and very well resumed review :) All the best to you!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We are glad we booked this tour and this was definitely one of the high points of our NZ trip. Ben was a great guide , informative and kept us busy on the drive to the penguin reserve with information on the flora and fauna...More

Thank Alpinehaze035
Kevin P, General Manager at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi guys,m Thank you so very much for your nice comment and having join us on our Evening penguin tour. We feel very lucky to live on the peninsula so much conservation work happening and so many birds coming back to the area. Wishing you...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We took this tour from our cruise stop in Akoroa. It was a small group and our guide was the niece of the sheep farm owner. Upon arrival we had freshly baked muffins and team and coffee. It was so genuine and you could tell...More

Thank 607faym
Kevin P, Front Office Manager at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi there, Thank you so much for taking the time to review your experience on your Full Scenic Nature Safari at Pohatu. We are really happy if you had a great time and if this was one of the highlights of your trip. We love...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We took the 24 hour "emersion" experience that included spending the night in very clean cabins at Flea Bay. Although "off the grid" communications-wise, the cabins are fully electric so keeping things charged and working was easy. There are flush toilets and a shower in...More

Thank bonnie lee k
Kevin P, General Manager at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi Bonnie, Thank you for your kind words and nice description of our your 24 hour with us. Being disconnected is amazing isn't it? We tend to forgot that we can survive like this ^-^ Hope the rest of your trip went well and the...More

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fay m
26 January 2018|
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Response from joyance | Reviewed this property |
They are really helpful, do email them if they can arrange something for you. It’s their private property where they help look after the penguins.
Rumi A
9 January 2018|
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Response from RuthMiltonKeynesUK | Reviewed this property |
Yes I agree with the replies above
Tina G
2 November 2017|
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Response from Pohatu_penguins | Property representative |
Hi there, Yes there is , We pick people up from the Akaroa main wharf on cruise ship days here, the tour starts from there with a scenic Drive over to pohatu penguin habitat, We have 2 land based tour options the 2 hour... More