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Akaroa: 24-hour Overnight Pohatu Penguin Package

1. Akaroa: 24-hour Overnight Pohatu Penguin Package

Discover the award-winning Wildside of Banks Peninsula and its unique fauna and flora on this 24-hour tour.  Start your adventure in a four-weel drive mini-bus from Akaroa and travel over the crater rim of the ancient Akaroa volcano to the Akaroa Head Lighthouse. Marvel at the scenic reserve that stands on high cliffs and take in the views of the endless Pacific ocean.  Enjoy a self-guided bush walk through Tutakakahikura scenic reserve, an ancient forest with 400 years old native trees to finally arrive at Pohatu marine reserve where you will spend the night. Settle down and use the time to relax. Enjoy safe swimming beaches before your evening penguin tour in season.  The following day you can go on an additional adventure if you would like. Join the sea-kayaking safari and discover the wildlife of the Pohatu marine reserve. See New Zealand fur seals, many species of sea-birds, and the frequent visit of Hector's dolphins. The tour runs from midday to midday but specific departure times can be arranged.

From Christchurch: Helicopter Flight to Akaroa

2. From Christchurch: Helicopter Flight to Akaroa

Embark on a helicopter flight from Christchurch that follows the spectacular rugged coastline until you head inland to Akaroa harbour. The locals will tell you that no trip to the Christchurch area can be complete without a visit to Akaroa, the jewel in Banks Peninsula’s crown. On the way, discover the lush forests and grasslands that run down the hillsides to the azure water of the endless bays, fed by the Pacific Ocean itself. Upon arrival at Akaroa explore its excellent shops, cafés, and restaurants. Early French settlers gave Akaroa its heritage and distinct French feel that is reflected in the names of the streets and local bays.

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What people are saying about Akaroa

This was a lovely 24 hours! We were met in downtown Akaroa and taken to a beautiful vista at the lighthouse site and then set off on our trek down to the Pohatu bay site - important to note that that hike is BEFORE you get to the sleeping areas, not after, so come dressed to tramp! All downhill so not difficult. The accommodations were great - we stayed in the treehouse and it was quite comfortable; no electricity but lantern and wall light provided, plenty of blankets and even hot water bottles if the night got too chilly. Kitchen was well-stocked with cutlery/crockery/plates/etc. and all facilities were clean and accommodating. We spent the afternoon on the beach before heading to the penguin boxes, viewing them come in, etc. and then had a great morning sea kayaking before being dropped off. Highly recommend this experience!

Great organization, great pilot who gave us an unforgettable experience. It's expensive, of course, but totally worth it.