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Address: 8/2 Rue Balguerie | Wildside Booking Office, Akaroa 7520, New Zealand
Phone Number:
+64 3-304 8542
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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Pohatu penguins is a family owned business that offers 4WD safaris trip to...

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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Our little Penguin are very special and can be viewed by boat .

We have visited from Akaroa by boat,there are several different tour operators who leave from the local wharf. Or you can hire a boat and row out.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Julia G
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Gold Coast, Australia

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Gold Coast, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We have visited from Akaroa by boat,there are several different tour operators who leave from the local wharf. Or you can hire a boat and row out.

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Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We found this amazing experience by chance after our plans changed for our route around NZ. We got the Pohatu package including 4WD, bushwalk, penguin experience & overnight stay in the wonderful Colonial Cottage. The owners and staff are really helpful and kind peope and we felt so lucky that they have opened their land and wildlife work to the... More 

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Carlsbad, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We heard about Pohatu from a family we met in Christchurch and had a few days open on our itinerary. In the month we have been traveling around New Zealand (15 different stops), this was the best experience we had. I've never experienced a family run organization where everyone was not only friendly and knowledgeable, but truly seemed to get... More 

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Pohatu_penguins, Nature giude. at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this review

Wow thanks guys, Kevin will get a big head now reading that, haha. I'm really glad you guys had a great time, And it's always nice to get these reviews, I think that makes us better guides knowing that people are happy or not. We are always learning as we go. Our moto between the guides is team work makes... More 

Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The nighttime tour was a highlight of my recent trip to NZ. It's near impossible to have an understanding of this operation until you partake in this tour, but it is worth every cent! Learning about the family that bought the property surrounding Flea Bay all those decades ago is truly inspiring. Their ideas and actions in regards to environmental... More 

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Pohatu_penguins, Front Office Manager at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this review

Hi, thank you so much for taking the time to share your Evening penguin tour experience. Reviews like yours always make our day as we know we've achieved at least one of our goals : making people happy and aware about the very sensitive wildlife that surrounds us. The Evening tour is indeed the tour that allows you the most... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

I had the pleasure of an overnight Pohatu package. The land and kayak guides, Murray and Benoit were superb Their local knowledge of knowledge of marine life really brought the experience alive. My kayaking group had the delight of encounter pods of Hector dolphins as well as a plethora of fur seals I stayed overnight and highly recommend that to... More 

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Pohatu_penguins, Front Office Manager at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this review

Hi Andy! Thank you very much for your kind review. I will pass on the nice comment about Ben and Murray, two of our four amazing kayak guides!! I'm sure they remember who you are :) You did the overnight Pohatu Package, which is a very good choice when you want to discover all the different activities we offer. Kayaking... More 

Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We took the overnight Penguin tour and it was great,. The afternoon drive around Akaroa was informative and fun and the walk down to our overnight accommodation was great too. the cottage we had (without electricty) was AMAZING and one of the highlights of our 3 week NZ trip. Its totally in the middle of no where but beautiful. Went... More 

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Pohatu_penguins, Front Office Manager at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this review

Hi there, Thank you for taking the time to review your experience in Pohatu. The overnight stay (Package) is a great option to discover what the Wildside of the peninsula has to offer, in a very relaxed atmosphere. The accommodation you stayed in (Colonial Cottage) is very special and private with the candles, fire place, solar panel shower and I'm... More 

Kamloops, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This family has committed their lives to making a difference in the world around them and succeeded. We have never had a tour that was as special and doubt we ever will. Spectacular views and scenery, Committed family members with purpose that make you feel part of that group. Great story and remarkable results make this a memorable experience. This... More 

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Pohatu_penguins, Front Office Manager at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this review

Wow! Thank you so much... This is probably one of the best review we ever had (and we had a lot a very nice ones!). You've understood how committed and passionate we are about wildlife. Being able to share this with people like you guys is the cherry on the cake!! We are so glad we allowed you having this... More 

Princes Risborough, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The drive to the farm at Flea Bay was spectacular and we stopped twice to admire the scenery. Kevin our guide was very informative. On arrival we got to meet the local sheep, see the penguin hospital and then went out looking for penguins. This is nature .. we say a yellow eyed penguin from close quarters but the little... More 

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Pohatu_penguins, Manager at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this review

Hi there, Thank you very much for taking the time to share you moment with us on Tripadvisor. As you have mentioned this is nature and it is the way we want it to stay. Us human able to enjoy wildlife without disturbing the penguins and this mean keeping some distances when we are in the hides and not using... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I was expecting something completely different from this tour -- I thought we would be out in nature, hiding from penguins and hoping to see them. Instead, we saw a feeding of the penguins in the "hospital" and then saw a couple of babies in nests that had been set up by the conservation group. Penguins are penguins, as far... More 

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Pohatu_penguins, nature guide. at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this review

Hi thanks for your review, I'm happy you had a great time with us. We have many different tour options. By reading this I believe you have done our 2 hour nature tour, this is the tour when you don't have to be out hiding from the penguins in camouflage clothing waiting for the little guys coming ashore, we just... More 

Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I did the nighttime penguin tour. The drive out was incredibly scenic and on roads I never would've taken myself. They stopped at a few stops to let us get out and take great pictures. The knowledge of the land and commitment to penguin preservation was very impressive. I'm not much of a conservationist but it's definitely... More 

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Pohatu_penguins, Front Office Manager at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this review

Hello, thank you so much for your very kind review! It's so rewarding for us to hear feedback like yours, as it makes our work and efforts worthwhile. We love sharing our passion and dedication to penguins and wildlife :) You are correct about the option of staying overnight in Akaroa or nearby (we do also have accommodation in the... More 

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