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Pohatu Penguin Habitat

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8/2 Rue Balguerie | Wildside Booking Office, Akaroa 7520, New Zealand
+64 3-304 8542
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Inspiring, educational, beautiful lanscaping and memorable encounters!

Went yesterday w/our two girls (10&12) and loved it! Since we sat down in the van, our guide was... read more

Reviewed yesterday
BMayte
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Madrid, Spain
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Highlight of my New Zealand cruise!

While touring Australia and New Zealand we booked this tour to see the penguins. Penguins have... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
stjohnbeachlover
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St. Louis, Missouri
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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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  • Average1%
  • Poor0%
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Travellers talk about
“nesting boxes” (33 reviews)
“penguins coming” (15 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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+64 3-304 8542

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Went yesterday w/our two girls (10&12) and loved it! Since we sat down in the van, our guide was super friendly and knowledgeable! We really enjoyed and felt inspired learning about how Francis and Shireen started with this amazing conservation effort to save the penguins!...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

While touring Australia and New Zealand we booked this tour to see the penguins. Penguins have always been my favorite animal to see at the zoo so I was so looking forward to this tour. A niece of the people who run the Pohatatu Penguins...More

Thank stjohnbeachlover
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Pohatu_penguins, General Manager at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi there, Very nice to hear that coming along was a highlight of your cruise around Australia and New Zealand, this means a lot ^-^ Averil, your guide will be very glad to hear this. It happens that penguins might decide that today is not...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Although it was a misty evening, this did not spoil a great tour. At first I was a little dismayed as there were about 18 people waiting and I had thought it was a small group tour. However, there were 2 minibuses and after the...More

Thank traveller2148
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Pohatu_penguins, General Manager at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi there, Thank you for your comments and rating, it is always good to her from past clients. We do indeed like to divide the group as much as possible and 2 vans of 9 people on the same tour is generally the maximum that...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Were not aware of these small creatures before we arrived in Akaroa on our holiday. Too a chance and booked a trip to the habitat. Were thriller to learn about the life long efforts these people put into saving the cute penguins and still keep...More

Thank Flemming B
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Pohatu_penguins, General Manager at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi there, Thank you so very very much for you comments and shouting to the world to come and help us. As you have mentioned no help other than you coming on tours and donations via our website. We are one project in the middle...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a wonderful experience with dedicated environmentalists who are are saving lovely small penguins by creating a recovery area and sanctuary on a beautiful bay that’s part of one of the rare marine parks in the area. We did the evening tour and it...More

Thank FergusMc2
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Pohatu_penguins, Front Office Manager at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi there, Thank you so much for your comments, they mean a lot to everyone who works hard to help the penguins on their road to recovery, and to make the experience as great as possible for everyone on the tours. We are so glad...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The first thing you will see is the price but don't be put off... Take the four hour, longer, tour and it is worth every penny. Luke, our guide, was excellent and the scenery stunning. All finished with a close encounter with the penguins. Great...More

Thank westwalesfoodie
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Pohatu_penguins, General Manager at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi there, Thank you very much for your kinds words of Luke. We're all very happy to see that you had a great afternoon. Kindly, Kevin.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went on a kayak trip to view penguins, seals, etc. great trip for beginners. Too short for experienced kayakers. Our guide was great and very dedicated to keeping the area pristine and protected from unauthorized use in a marine preserve. Would definitely recommend the overnight...More

Thank Dale H
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Pohatu_penguins, General Manager at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Dale, Thank you very much for commenting on your sea-kayaking safari with us and realizing that we ought to keep our environment in good health and respecting a certain wildlife code. It is true that our tours are great for beginners, especially on calm...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We went in the afternoon trip to see the penguins. We have 2 babies and our toddler was delighted to see penguins for the first time ever. Our trip was so well organized and the staff were really lovely. We had a great commentary on...More

Thank CiaraDstar123
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Pohatu_penguins, Front Office Manager at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for sharing your experience with Pohatu. We are so glad to read that you had an enjoyable time on the way and in the bay. I bet your children will remember their encounter with penguins and a seal, that is pretty special! Thank...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is an amazing facility, doing amazing conservation work. They deserve our full support. The chance to see these blue penguins is rare, and amazing. The collection in Akaroa is seamless and the trip to the habitat offers amazing views and on this occasion our...More

Thank FlyEatSleepRepeat
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Pohatu_penguins, General Manager at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi there, Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts about your moment with us. We are glad to hear that you have been amazed about the self funded conservation work as we really wish to encourage people to do the same once...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I took this tour and what an amazing day we had! A friendly, professional, knowledgeable and fun team made this an unforgettable experience. Thanks guys and best wishes for the future!

Thank ally66_10
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Pohatu_penguins, General Manager at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi guys, Thank you for your nice comments and good wishes. We're all very motivated to keep on going and protecting the penguins. Thank you and all the best. Kindly, Kevin.

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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
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
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