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Pohatu Penguin Habitat

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8/2 Rue Balguerie | Wildside Booking Office, Akaroa 7520, New Zealand
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Inspirational conservation story

Amazing experience! It is so awesome that this family provides the opportunity for us to see these... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Nichole S
Fraud family-charged $96 to see "wild penguin colony" they showed us 5 pet penguins in cages at their house

This family lives on ocean farm and give "tours to see wild penguins" which was completely... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
drdrwolff
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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 good7%
  • Average1%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible1%
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“nesting boxes” (35 reviews)
“penguins coming” (16 reviews)
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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8/2 Rue Balguerie | Wildside Booking Office, Akaroa 7520, New Zealand
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"no electricity"
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Amazing experience! It is so awesome that this family provides the opportunity for us to see these little penguins up close. Their story behind starting this conservation is inspiring. Very knowledgeable guides and a fun wildlife experience. I saw the blue penguins, a yellow eyed...More

Thank Nichole S
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Kevin P, General Manager at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Hi Nichole, Thank you so very much for your comments and recommendations. It was a pleasure welcoming you and showing you the wildlife found around the area. We're also always happy to share the family history and conservation work. All the best for the rest...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This family lives on ocean farm and give "tours to see wild penguins" which was completely false--the beach had zero penguins; when I complain there were no "wild penguins" they said, "oh, they are moulting and you can't see them. But here, look in this...More

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Reviewed 16 May 2018 via mobile

Really good and informative tour. Worth it for the enjoyment factor and to help out the conservation efforts to keep these penguins safe!

Thank Charlie D
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Pohatu_penguins, Front Office Manager at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this reviewResponded 18 May 2018

Great you had a good time and thank you for coming along and recommending us.

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Reviewed 8 May 2018 via mobile

Absolutely by far one of my favourite days ever. Not only because I saw my favourite animals but supported a local family who have worked so hard their entire lives for penguin conservation and research. I loved every moment and am really amazed at the...More

Thank Alexandra B
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Pohatu_penguins, General Manager at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this reviewResponded 11 May 2018

Hi Alexandra, Thank you so very much for your kind comments, we are touch about as we really feel that we have shared a special moment. We are always very happy to show people around and the history of of our work and are very...More

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Reviewed 21 April 2018

Despite coming outside of peak season, they were willing to take us on an evening tour on the off chance that we got lucky. And we did! We managed to see a nesting blue penguin and a pair of yellow-eyed penguins as well. It was...More

Thank Bryan Y
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Pohatu_penguins, General Manager at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this reviewResponded 11 May 2018

Hi Bryan, Thank you very kindly for taking the time to share you feeling on your visit and recommendations. We are very glad to see that you learn a lot as this is a big reason for us to offer tours, sharing the history of...More

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Reviewed 15 April 2018

We were on a cruise ship touring New Zealand. We booked this excursion online prior to embarking on the cruise. We did have a concern that we would not get back to the pier to catch a tender to the ship but no worries. They...More

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Pohatu_penguins, Front Office Manager at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this reviewResponded 17 April 2018

Hi there, thank you for the lovely review and for taking the time to explain some details about the Kayak trip that will be useful for our future visitors. We are so pleased (especially Ben!) that we made you feel comfortable and not rushed. That's...More

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Reviewed 3 April 2018

We drove from Christchurch to Akaroa. The Pohatu Penguins office is just behind the BNZ bank at Unit 2, 8 Rue Balguerie, Akaroa 7520. The road from Christchurch is called Highway 75 and it is a beautiful drive. The people who work for Pohatu Penguin...More

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Pohatu_penguins, Front Office Manager at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this reviewResponded 5 April 2018

Hi Ellen, thank you so much for your kind words about your experience with us. We are always happy to accommodate our visitors as long as we can :) We are also very pleased that the whole experience at Pohatu was very positive for you...More

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Reviewed 2 April 2018

We were on a cruise ship and as arranged made contact with the company's representative at the end of the wharf to meet them at 12 noon. Our tour was the 4WD Scenic Nature Safari. The guide was a young woman from Minnesota who was...More

Thank YolkandWhite
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Pohatu_penguins, Front Office Manager at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this reviewResponded 4 April 2018

Hi there, thank you for taking the time to write about your experience on your Full Nature Nature Safari with us, and for bringing details that will be very helpful for many other visitors :) There is indeed a little bit of a walk down...More

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Reviewed 29 March 2018 via mobile

An amazing tour to visit a unique family operation trying to preserve a penguin colony. A small group tour over rural terrain to the remote farm. After hand feeding the variety of sheep you see how they rehabilitate injured penquins. There is a short hike...More

Thank Janet R
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Pohatu_penguins, General Manager at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this reviewResponded 31 March 2018

Hi Janet, A big thank you for your comment, we feel very special to read that we were the best tour of your holidays, this means a lot. We are always very happy to show people the work we do and try to inspire anyone...More

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Reviewed 28 March 2018

My husband and I originally booked the kayak tour leaving from Akaroa, but that day it was very rainy, windy, and cold. Luckily Ben, the person we checked in with on the dock, offered a number of other options for us, and we decided on...More

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Pohatu_penguins, Manager at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this reviewResponded 30 March 2018

Thank you so much for your wonderful review. Best of luck and good times for your next excursion

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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.
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rumiahmad
9 January 2018|
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Response from RuthMiltonKeynesUK | Reviewed this property |
Yes I agree with the replies above
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Tina G
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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
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