Akaroa: Pohatu Little Penguins 3-Hour Evening Experience

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Akaroa: Pohatu Little Penguins 3-Hour Evening Experience

From US$ 53.56 per person

Encounter New Zealand's native penguins in their natural environment on this 3-hour guided experience from Akaroa. Learn about the 30 plus years of conservation work that has saved the little penguins from extinction in the area.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Small group
Limited to 9 participants
Mobile ticketing
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Duration: 3 hours
Starting time 12:00 AM
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Live tour guide
English, French


  • Marvel at wild penguins in their natural habitat at dusk
  • Enjoy a scenic 4WD drive to Pohatu/Flea Bay from Akaora
  • Gain great insight into the life of a penguin and local conservation efforts
  • Contribute to a 30-year conservation and monitoring project
Full description
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.
  • Scenic return transport by 4WD minivan
  • Experienced guide
  • Photo stops
  • Penguin monitoring and viewing
  • Camouflage gear
  • Use of binoculars
    Not suitable for
    • People with mobility impairments
    • Wheelchair users

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    Prepare for the activity

    Meeting point

    Behind the BNZ Bank on Rue Lavaud.

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    Important information

    What to bring

    • Hiking shoes
    • Weather-appropriate clothing

    Not allowed

    • Smoking
    • Flash photography

    Know before you go

    • Tour departure time varies on a daily basis
    • Photography welcomed, strictly no use of flash permitted
    • The main focus of this activity is monitoring nesting sites offering the opportunity to see penguins up close and watching them socializing on the water
    • Tours rely on natural viewing for this colony, no artificial lighting is used. Pending the weather and natural penguin behavior, there is usually a window of opportunity before it gets too dark to view penguins coming ashore. It cannot be guaranteed that the birds will come ashore before darkness
    • Due to the sensitive wildlife habitat, only guided groups can visit the breeding colony to view the White-flippered Penguins
    • No refunds within 24 hours
    • Ensure you organize dinner prior to departure as all shops and restaurants will be closed upon return
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    5 / 5

    based on 4 reviews

    Review summary

    • Service
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    • Organization
      5 / 5
    • Value for money
      4.8 / 5
    • Safety
      5 / 5
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    Die Tour war einfach unbeschreiblich schön! Unser Guide Mark war super nett. Die beiden Aussichtspunkte waren optimal. Einmal hat man Akaroa von oben gesehen. Wunderschön! Und beim zweiten hätte man einen super Blick über das Meer! Bevor es zu den Pinguinen ging, konnte man noch eine kleine Schafherde füttern! Danach ging die Ponguintour los. Von einer Fütterung von Babypinguinen, die Kontrolle zweier Nistkisten bis zu der Beobachtung von Pinguinen auf dem Meer und auf Steinen an der Küste. Die Guides erklären alles sehr gut und verständlich und zeigen einem Pinguine in der freien Wildbahn ohne diese zu bedrängen. Einfach eine tolle Erfahrung. Wir können es jedem nur empfehlen!

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    26 January 2020


    Amazing experience

    Amazing trip with a keen and knowledgable guide. Learnt a lot about the conservation project, saw some great views and loads of penguins!

    10 October 2019

    Beautiful, exciting and educational

    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.

    1 February 2018

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    Product ID: 191678