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Pohatu Penguin Habitat

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8/2 Rue Balguerie | Wildside Booking Office, Akaroa 7520, New Zealand
+64 3-304 8542
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Inspiring

I sometimes heartily wish that Tripadvisor allowed a rating of 10 out of 5 because Pohatu Penguin... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Dojii
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Ocean View, Australia
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Excellent trip with a excellent sightings of penguin and a excellent guide in the form of Ben who... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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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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“nesting boxes” (23 reviews)
“penguins coming” (11 reviews)
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
LOCATION
8/2 Rue Balguerie | Wildside Booking Office, Akaroa 7520, New Zealand
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+64 3-304 8542

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Reviewed 1 week ago

I sometimes heartily wish that Tripadvisor allowed a rating of 10 out of 5 because Pohatu Penguin Habitat deserves the full 10/5. I wished we could have stayed and enjoyed Pohatu and Flea Bay for a week, but we did come back for our wedding...More

Thank Dojii
Pohatu_penguins, General Manager at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Hi there, Wow, I don't know if I have the words to say thank you. Your comments almost brought tears to my eyes as it is so heartfelt. Especially reading about having been able to inspire you to continue your own fight, we can all...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Excellent trip with a excellent sightings of penguin and a excellent guide in the form of Ben who gave us on the trip over an excellent spiel about Akaroa, the surrounding area and the Penguins. An added bonus being able to hand feed the lambs

Thank David B
Pohatu_penguins, office staff. and guide at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi there, Thanks so much for coming on our Evening tour and your review it always helps. Yes Lamb feeding time is now, and we do have some really cuties to feed. Thanks kindly Averil

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had an excellent experience with our guide on the 2hr nature tour, seeing penguins in their habitat and pet sheep. The views were beatiful going 700 metres up and then down to Flea bay. Just gorgeous!!!!

Thank StephenandLancia
Pohatu_penguins, General Manager at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi guys, Thank you for taking the time to share your moment with us on Tripadvisor. We are always happy to show people our backyard and the work we do with the Little penguins. Hope you enjoyed the rest of your holidays. Kindly, Kevin.

Reviewed 11 September 2017

The story of the penguins in Pohatu is just an incredible one. We were quite happy to find their location on a day everything else was either gone or overbooked and they let us join their tour. What a find it was. Unlike most commercial...More

Thank ManaPet
Pohatu_penguins, nature guide. at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this reviewResponded 13 September 2017

Thanks you so much for kind review, It's always great to get this feed back and to really know that what we are doing is appreciated, and understood. I just came back from trapping this morning , Getting rid of Rats and Stoats from the...More

Reviewed 6 September 2017

Brilliant experience with Avril and Pohatu Penguin Habitat. This family have made the conservation of the little penguins their life. The tour cost goes towards keeping the habitat up and running and the Penguins safe and healthy. We got to see the Penguins in the...More

Thank people07
Pohatu_penguins, Manager at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this reviewResponded 9 September 2017

Hi there, Thank you very much for your kind comments and enthusiasm about the conservation work we do. We are always happy to share the family history and try to inspire people to do the same. We would love to see you again, maybe on...More

Reviewed 27 August 2017

We are keen birders and missed seeing LB penguins at Otago because of road closures. This was a final opportunity for us. A fortnight earlier, we had suffered a rather problematic experience with a tour company/guide on Stewart Island, so thought twice about this tour....More

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Pohatu_penguins, Front Office Manager at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this reviewResponded 29 August 2017

Thank you for you awesome review of us , I'm glad you had a good time. The conservation effort is at the heart of this tour , we are part of the wild side project which is the community of landowners and farmers working collaboratively...More

Reviewed 17 August 2017

Pohatu Penquin paradise is owned and managed by an extended family of dedicated environmentalists who have committed years to the existence, health and belief in the future of the white flippered penquin, little blue penquins, the sea birds & visiting hectors dolphins. The beautiful bay...More

2  Thank JRWakaroa
Pohatu_penguins, Nature guide at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this reviewResponded 19 August 2017

Thanks you so much for your review, Pohatu Penguin Paradise sounds great, It's really heartening to get these reviews and feel so understood. We really try our hardest not to have too much of a human impact on these little birds, even though some times...More

Reviewed 16 August 2017

We arrived to Akaroa during a rainstorm, which flooded parts of the village, so our tour was unfortunately initially cancelled. Our guide, the daughter of the owners of the farm, was very flexible though, so we got our tour the next day. She even managed...More

1  Thank Maja P
Pohatu_penguins, Nature guide. at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this reviewResponded 19 August 2017

Hi there , Thanks so much for your review . I think Joey your guide will also remember this tour for ever because now she has a lamb living with her. Her new pet and doing fine. We have had some crazy winter weather so...More

Reviewed 9 August 2017

We were booked on a sea kayak tour which was unfortunately cancelled due to unsuitable weather- however we were offered either a full refund or an alternative tour. I am so glad we took the 4WD alternative tour- it was fantastic! Our guide, Kevin, was...More

Thank katemilnes
Pohatu_penguins, Manager at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this reviewResponded 11 August 2017

Hi there, Thank you very much for sharing your thoughts on Tripadvisor and thank you very much for your nice comments regarding my guiding. It is nice to hear that you are doing well but please feel free to get in touch if you think...More

Reviewed 8 August 2017

This is a great way to see the bay area of Akaroa in a relatively short space of time. Kevin, our guide, stopped off at many interesting and beautiful vantage points and was extremely knowledgable about the area and wildlife. The penguin sightings on offer...More

Thank Shepz85
Pohatu_penguins, Manager at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this reviewResponded 10 August 2017

Hi guys, Thank you very much for sharing your good time with us. By the sounds of it the homemade muffins were the selling point for you ^-^ We are always very happy to share the family story about the 30 years long conservation project...More

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calebbrewster
24 April 2017|
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Response from Pohatu_penguins | Property representative |
Hi there, Sorry we don't do pick ups from Christchurch, But the French connection Shuttle works well with all Pohatu penguin day tours. They get you to Akaroa around 10am-10.30am and depart around 4pm , it gives us time to... More
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Jwenad
5 March 2017|
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Response from Pohatu_penguins | Property representative |
Hi there, Thanks for your question, Sometimes we have penguins in Rehabilitation and Shireen or one of the guides will feed these penguins in front of you, Shireen only touches these penguins to feed them, we never cuddle... More
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Penelope P
20 February 2017|
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Response from Pohatu_penguins | Property representative |
Hello and thank you for your interest. We are not running the Evening Penguin tours at the moment because it is the end of the breeding season and not many penguins are coming a shore but there are still a number of penguins... More
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