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Evening Penguin Tour - Pohatu Penguins

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Discover the magical world of wild penguins in their natural habitat on the Evening Penguin Tour...

Discover the magical world of wild penguins in their natural habitat on the Evening Penguin Tour...

Highlights

  • Be welcomed by rare breeds of sheep and have the chance to hand-feed them
  • Learn all about the conservation efforts being made to preserve the penguins
  • Watch wild penguins from hides and see them in nesting homes
  • Expert guides will provide interesting commentary along the way
  • A fantastic idea for animal and nature lovers alike!
  • Awarded Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence since 2014!

Take an exciting evening adventure and discover what life is like for wild penguins as you observe them in their natural habitat.

The tour begins with a scenic drive by 4WD which takes you over Akaroa's extinct Volcano crater rim before you are greeted by the stunning beauty of Pohatu Bay.

Guided by a team of experts who know when and where is best to locate these inquisitive creatures, you'll then have the opportunity to observe the fascinating behaviour of penguins as they explore and socialise on the water - if you're lucky you may even see some returning to shore at dusk!

You'll also see them up close in their nesting homes which are used as part of conservation efforts to monitor the colony, and you'll get an insight into the conservation efforts being made to preserve their lives in the Flea Bay colony.

A fascinating and thrilling adventure for all ages that will provide memories to last a lifetime!

Adult $95.00
Child $65.00 (5 to 15 years old)
Infant $35.00 (2 - 4 years old)

What's included

  • Fully experienced guides
  • 4WD transportation by 4WD minibus to and from Pohatu bay on some of Banks peninsula back country road
  • Welcome by rare sheep breed that can be hand fed
  • A conservation walk and talk within the penguin habitat
  • Monitoring of penguin nesting homes to check on the colony

Location

  • 2/8 Rue Balguerie
  • Akaroa 7520
  • New Zealand

Notes

  • Photography welcomed but strictly no use of flash.

  • The Evening penguin tour departure changes due to lengthening or shortening days, exact departure time will be confirmed after booking. You can contact the operator directly after booking to do this, otherwise the operator will be in touch.

    In summer it is advisable to eat before you come on an evening tour as often restaurants will be closed on our return to Akaroa.

Available Bookings from 25 Jun to 8 Jul 2024

All prices are shown in NZD ($)

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  • Adult$80.75 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$35.00
  • Infant$35.00

  • Adult$95.00
  • Child$65.00
  • Infant$35.00

  • Adult$95.00
  • Child$65.00
  • Infant$35.00

  • Adult$76.00 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$52.00
  • Infant$35.00

  • Adult$80.75 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$45.50
  • Infant$35.00

  • Adult$66.50 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$35.00
  • Infant$35.00

  • Adult$52.00 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$35.00
  • Infant$35.00

  • Adult$95.00
  • Child$65.00
  • Infant$35.00

  • Adult$95.00
  • Child$65.00
  • Infant$35.00

  • Adult$76.00 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$52.00
  • Infant$35.00

Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme

Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme

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Jenny Bissex-Carter from United Kingdom wrote on 23 December 2023

Little Penguins of Potahu

Very informative evening learning about NZ ecology as well as the penguins. Our guide, Caitlyn (I think, so sorry if incorrect) was lovely, very passionate about her country and the flora and fauna. A highly intelligent young lady. Our experience seeing the Little Penguins in their natural environment was amazing with the added bonus of seeing young seal pups playing on the shore.

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Hi Jenny, Thank you for taking the time to leave this kind review. We are so pleased that you had such a great and memorable tour. It's always a pleasure for us to share our part of NZ with others. Kindly, Danielle

Sue Christophersen from New Zealand wrote on 19 October 2021

A 'must do'

We had the best time on this tour. The passion and enthusiasm of our guide Joey was obvious and she was a mine of information. Being able to see the penguins in their nesting boxes (and some babies) was awesome and to top it off they came a shore just below us so we had a birdseye view. Highly rate this tour a 'must do' on a trip to Akaroa. While walking to the hideout we found a young shag that had fallen out of the nest, Joey took it home (along with fish for it's dinner) Do hope it survived it's ordeal.

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Hi Sue, Thank you so very much for your comment. Being a daughter of Shireen and Francis who started the conservation work she has been here since the very beginning and has indeed a wealth of knowledge. We're very happy that you enjoyed yourselves and wish you all the best. Kindly, Kevin.

evgeniaf from New Zealand wrote on 01 May 2024

Pōhatu Penguin tour

We had the pleasure of having Meg as our guide. She was knowledgeable and friendly and very passionate about the Penguins. We got to see penguins up close in nesting boxes and swimming in a water. Thank you Pōhatu Penguin!!!

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johnt17 from New Zealand wrote on 23 April 2024

Awesome tour

Still very early in the season so we were lucky to see a couple of rafts on the water and some on shore at nightfall along with those already in nesting boxes. Well run tour, good information and a great evening with Benoit as our excellent guide.

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Hi John, Thank you very much for your nice review about your time with Benoit. Glad to hear you found it well run ^-^ Wishing you all the best. Kindly, Kevin.

jb clark from United States wrote on 05 March 2024

Magical!

This was my favorite activity in New Zealand, and we did plenty of tours and things on both South and North Island. This wonderful family has been rescuing and supporting penguins for decades, with ongoing research to help more of them survive. The drive to their protected cove is gorgeous, with photo stops and commentary about the history, geology, and wildlife of Banks Peninsula. We tromped around for an hour or so, checking on penguins, who were molting, and thus taking shelter in boxes. We also saw fur seals on the shore. Then we watched penguins bobbing in the cove, waiting for nightfall to come, to return to the shelter of their burrows and boxes. I would love to return in November during mating season!

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Hi JB, Thank you for your very kind feedback on your Evening penguin tour with us. We are delighted that you had a great time, and we would love to welcome you again during breeding season. All the best to you in the meantime. Geraldine

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