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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
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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 5 days ago

I just returned from New Zealand and went on this excursion during my stay on the southern island. I was blown away by the dedication this family has toward preserving the penguin habitat and continuing to educate people about them. Their passion is definitely shown...More

Thank Daydream816223
Kevin P, General Manager at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thanks so much for your kind review and coming along with us, it's always a pleasure taking people around and sharing our knowledge with them. Kindly

Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I signed up for this adventure with shore excursions prior to our cruise. From the description of the adventure we never imagined it would be as wonderful and fascinating as it was. It was amazing, from the time we met Joey at...More

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

Hi James, Thank you so much for taking the time to review your experience on your Full Scenic Nature Safari with Joey. We are so glad that the tour was actually better than what you had expected! Joey is one of those lucky people who...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Before this visiting this penguin colony, we already saw the blue penguins in Oamaru, so we did not feel we needed to do the same thing. The place where we stayed recommended visiting this habitat stating it was very different. In Oamaru we did not...More

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

Hi there, thank you very much for your kind review, we are so glad you chose to do the penguin tour and had such a great experience! We indeed work differently than other companies in the South Island. All our guides are trained in conservation...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I did not one but two penguin tours with pohatu - because its just amazing! You get a lot more than just seeing penguins for your money (which goes towards protecting the penguin colony btw). On the way to Flee Bay over the summit of...More

Thank FarAway820188
Kevin P, Front Office Manager at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi there, thank you so much for your kind and enthusiastic review. We are so happy that you had a great time and learned more about our little area and penguins! We love sharing our work with everyone and it's always rewarding to have feedback...More

Reviewed 17 September 2018 via mobile

We had an interesting visit with our guide Benoit. He is very knowledgeable and provided quality information not only about the penguins but also about the geology, ecology and history of Akaroa. We saw a couple of penguins in one of the little huts that...More

Thank Laura J
Kevin P, General Manager at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Hi Laura, Thank you very much for your kinds comments. I will transmit this to Benoit, it is always good to receive such good feedback. I hope you enjoyed the rest of your time in Akaroa. Kindly, Kevin.

Reviewed 11 September 2018 via mobile

Stayed 2 nights here in a cabin. First evening was disappointing as only saw one penguin in a box and several out to sea on rafts. The second night the owner Shireen took us out a bit farther and we saw 5 or 6 come...More

Thank Derek S
Kevin P, General Manager at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this reviewResponded 13 September 2018

Hi there, Thank you for your comments. I am glad you penguin freaks had a good time and manage to add another penguin to your list ^-^ I am sadden to read that you felt I didn't try very hard though. The other couple on...More

Reviewed 28 August 2018

We were on a New Zealand cruise with a stop in Akora. We signed up on-line for a "Nature Safari" put on by the Pohatu/Flea Bay Conservancy. We got into 4-wheel drive mini-vans and went to the "wild side" and saw some great scenery including...More

Thank Dennis S
Kevin P, General Manager at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this reviewResponded 29 August 2018

Hi Dennis, Thank you very much for your review and kind comments. The next cruise ship season is about the start so it is good to see that even month after you are still thinking about your time with us. You might be pleased to...More

Reviewed 29 July 2018

Loved every minute. Went for the evening tour as having the best chance of seeing penguins but wasn’t necessarily expecting to see any except in nesting boxes at this time of year (late July) - the website is commendably honest about the chances. But guide...More

Thank SusannaPenn
Kevin P, General Manager at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this reviewResponded 30 July 2018

Hi Susana, Thank you so very much for your comments and precise description of the tour, it was a real pleasure having a life long penguin devotee along. Over winter it is true that penguins can be present in very low number and wildlife being...More

Reviewed 28 July 2018 via mobile

Wow, wow wow. What a fabulous trip. Beautiful views leaving Akaroa and guide was awesome. Didn't expect to see so many penguins in the so called off season! Loved every minute. A true conservation project.More

Thank lydpbrown
Kevin P, General Manager at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this reviewResponded 30 July 2018

Hi there, Thank you very much for your kind review. It is always very nice for us to welcome people with so much enthusiasm and who understand what we have achieved and wish to transmit. Thank you kindly and all the best for the rest...More

Reviewed 1 July 2018 via mobile

It was beyond disappointing After a long and dangerous drive, guide opened 4 boxes and only one had a couple inside, two had one penguin, one box was empty. She opened them for all together 3-5 seconds. We didn’t see any other penguins besides the...More

Thank Tatyana R
Kevin P, General Manager at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this reviewResponded 9 September 2018

Hi Tatyana. I am sad to read your review and would like to know the tour you were on and where you have heard about us as this doesn't represent who we are and the sort of advertising we do, so please let us know...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.
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Rumi A
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Response from RuthMiltonKeynesUK | Reviewed this property |
Yes I agree with the replies above
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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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