Akaroa: Pohatu Little Penguins 3-Hour Evening Experience
- Small group
- Duration: 3 hours
Join the tour from Akaroa for a scenic drive by a 4WD minivan over the crater rim of the Akaroa volcano to Pohatu/Flea Bay. Listen as your guide shares with you the history and unique wildlife of Akara. Stop for photo opportunities where you can gaze across Akaroa harbor and enjoy stunning views of the endless Pacific Ocean. On arrival, walk around the colony to monitor nesting sites, collect data, and make sure that the birds are doing well. Spot the penguins undisturbed, socializing on the water, and with darkness falling, a very high likelihood of some returning to shore. Binoculars and camouflage gear are provided to maximize viewing abilities. Darkness will signal the end of the activity, as artificial lighting disturbs the birds so is not used. At certain times of the year, you may even see some of the rehabilitation efforts, such as supplemental feeding.
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The tour was just indescribably beautiful! Our guide Mark was super nice. The two viewpoints were ideal. Akaroa was seen from above once. Beautiful! And the second one would have a great view over the sea! Before we went to the penguins, we could feed a small flock of sheep! Then the ponguintour started. From feeding baby penguins, checking two nesting boxes to observing penguins at sea and on stones on the coast. The guides explain everything very well and understandably and show a penguin in the wild without bothering them. Just a great experience. We can only recommend it to everyone!
A great tour with experts who are very knowledgeable about New Zealand's bird life and work in the privately financed conservation project. Can only be recommended!
A great penguin-viewing experience, also full of practical insight into the work of conservation of endangered species here in NZ. 5 stars. Highly recommend.
Amazing trip with a keen and knowledgable guide. Learnt a lot about the conservation project, saw some great views and loads of penguins!