1. New Zealand
  2. Canterbury
  3. Akaroa
  4. Banks Peninsula

Akaroa: Pohatu Penguins Scenic Nature 2-Hour or 4-Hour Tour

Product ID: 192405
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Join an-eco tour by 4WD from Akaroa to learn about its rich history, flora, and fauna. Marvel at stunning views of Akaroa Harbor, the outer coast, farmland, and forested hillsides. Gain insight into the Pohatu’s penguin conservation program.
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Duration: 2 - 4 hours
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  • Visit Pohatu Bay, a working sheep farm, and a penguin colony
  • Stand on the crater rim of an extinct volcano at a 700-meter high lookout
  • Hear about the area's history from your experienced local guide
  • Monitor penguin nesting boxes (in season) and learn about 30 years of conservation efforts
  • Choose between a 2-hour or 4-hour tour for the best fit to your trip
Full description
Join a 4WD eco-tourism safari to the spectacular award-winning Wild Side Conservation area. Depart Akaroa for a scenic drive in a 4WD minivan over the crater rim of the Akaroa volcano to Pohatu Flea Bay.

Along the way, learn the region's history from your local guide. Stop for photo opportunities with views of Akaroa harbor and the Pacific Ocean. Arrive at a local family's farm where you can meet friendly pet sheep and hand-feed them for a real kiwi experience.

In season, monitor nesting sites with your guide and learn about the conservation work done for the largest colony of little penguins on mainland New Zealand. At certain times of the year, you may even see some of the rehabilitation efforts such as supplemental feeding.

The extended 4-hour tour includes visits to the spectacular cliff-tops of Akaroa Heads Lighthouse Reserve. You will have more time to enjoy the area with homemade muffins and cakes, and more time to see the native wildlife and to explore Flea Bay. This activity directly funds the conservation work that takes place at Pohatu Bay to protect the penguins.
  • Scenic transport by 4WD minivan
  • Photo stops
  • Experienced guide
  • Live commentary
  • Tea, coffee, and muffin or cake on the 4-hour tour
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

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Meeting point

Unit 2, 8 Rue Balguerie, Akaroa. Look for the shade sails on the building located behind the BNZ building on Rue Lavaud.

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Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Camera
Not allowed
  • Smoking
  • Flash photography
Know before you go
• Although the Pohatu penguins form part of this tour, this is a nature tour focused on the rich history of the area, rather than the penguins
• The native wildlife and penguins can be seen in season
• No refunds for cancelation within 24 hours (unless the tour is canceled by the local partner)
• Most of the penguin rehabilitation occurs from mid-November to mid-February so to prevent crowding the penguins only those on the extended 4-hour tour will be able to view the rehabilitation

From US$ 42.77 per person

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