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Pohatu Penguin Habitat

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Magical experience closer to penguins in the wild than I ever imagined

Loved every minute. Went for the evening tour as having the best chance of seeing penguins but... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
SusannaPenn
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Simply fantastic

Wow, wow wow. What a fabulous trip. Beautiful views leaving Akaroa and guide was awesome. Didn't... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
lydpbrown
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Auckland Central, New Zealand
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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...more
Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
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8/2 Rue Balguerie | Wildside Booking Office, Akaroa 7520, New Zealand
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+64 3-304 8542
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Loved every minute. Went for the evening tour as having the best chance of seeing penguins but wasn’t necessarily expecting to see any except in nesting boxes at this time of year (late July) - the website is commendably honest about the chances. But guide...More

Thank SusannaPenn
Kevin P, General Manager at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Susana, Thank you so very much for your comments and precise description of the tour, it was a real pleasure having a life long penguin devotee along. Over winter it is true that penguins can be present in very low number and wildlife being...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Wow, wow wow. What a fabulous trip. Beautiful views leaving Akaroa and guide was awesome. Didn't expect to see so many penguins in the so called off season! Loved every minute. A true conservation project.More

Thank lydpbrown
Kevin P, General Manager at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi there, Thank you very much for your kind review. It is always very nice for us to welcome people with so much enthusiasm and who understand what we have achieved and wish to transmit. Thank you kindly and all the best for the rest...More

Reviewed 1 July 2018 via mobile

It was beyond disappointing After a long and dangerous drive, guide opened 4 boxes and only one had a couple inside, two had one penguin, one box was empty. She opened them for all together 3-5 seconds. We didn’t see any other penguins besides the...More

Thank Tatyana R
Kevin P, General Manager at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this reviewResponded 7 July 2018

Hi Tatyana. I am sorry to read this review and would like to know the tour you were on and where you have heard about us as this doesn't represent who we are and the sort of advertising we do so please let us know...More

Reviewed 25 June 2018

We did the kayak tour in the bay next to the farm. We knew that this was the off-season for penguins and did not have high hopes for seeing any, but were delighted to see not only a few penguins, but seals and a great...More

Thank Dilliana3
Kevin P, General Manager at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this reviewResponded 4 July 2018

Hi there, Thank you very much for your kinds comments. It is always good to hear from past clients. It was a pleasure being on the water with you showing the unique wildlife that pohatu marine reserve has to offer even in winter. I wish...More

Reviewed 17 June 2018

Amazing experience! It is so awesome that this family provides the opportunity for us to see these little penguins up close. Their story behind starting this conservation is inspiring. Very knowledgeable guides and a fun wildlife experience. I saw the blue penguins, a yellow eyed...More

Thank Nichole S
Kevin P, General Manager at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this reviewResponded 19 June 2018

Hi Nichole, Thank you so very much for your comments and recommendations. It was a pleasure welcoming you and showing you the wildlife found around the area. We're also always happy to share the family history and conservation work. All the best for the rest...More

Reviewed 15 June 2018

This family lives on ocean farm and give "tours to see wild penguins" which was completely false--the beach had zero penguins; when I complain there were no "wild penguins" they said, "oh, they are moulting and you can't see them. But here, look in this...More

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Pohatu_penguins, General Manager at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this reviewResponded 24 June 2018

Dear drdrwolff, I am Kevin the General manager of Pohatu penguins. I am a French man who has studied conservation and Eco-tourism and I am proud to work for this family business as what Shireen and Francis Helps have achieved should be world renowned. Your...More

Reviewed 16 May 2018 via mobile

Really good and informative tour. Worth it for the enjoyment factor and to help out the conservation efforts to keep these penguins safe!

Thank Charlie D
Pohatu_penguins, Front Office Manager at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this reviewResponded 18 May 2018

Great you had a good time and thank you for coming along and recommending us.

Reviewed 8 May 2018 via mobile

Absolutely by far one of my favourite days ever. Not only because I saw my favourite animals but supported a local family who have worked so hard their entire lives for penguin conservation and research. I loved every moment and am really amazed at the...More

Thank Alexandra B
Pohatu_penguins, General Manager at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this reviewResponded 11 May 2018

Hi Alexandra, Thank you so very much for your kind comments, we are touch about as we really feel that we have shared a special moment. We are always very happy to show people around and the history of of our work and are very...More

Reviewed 21 April 2018

Despite coming outside of peak season, they were willing to take us on an evening tour on the off chance that we got lucky. And we did! We managed to see a nesting blue penguin and a pair of yellow-eyed penguins as well. It was...More

Thank Bryan Y
Pohatu_penguins, General Manager at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this reviewResponded 11 May 2018

Hi Bryan, Thank you very kindly for taking the time to share you feeling on your visit and recommendations. We are very glad to see that you learn a lot as this is a big reason for us to offer tours, sharing the history of...More

Reviewed 15 April 2018

We were on a cruise ship touring New Zealand. We booked this excursion online prior to embarking on the cruise. We did have a concern that we would not get back to the pier to catch a tender to the ship but no worries. They...More

Thank Shelahlah
Pohatu_penguins, Front Office Manager at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this reviewResponded 17 April 2018

Hi there, thank you for the lovely review and for taking the time to explain some details about the Kayak trip that will be useful for our future visitors. We are so pleased (especially Ben!) that we made you feel comfortable and not rushed. That's...More

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Response from joyance | Reviewed this property |
They are really helpful, do email them if they can arrange something for you. It’s their private property where they help look after the penguins.
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Response from RuthMiltonKeynesUK | Reviewed this property |
Yes I agree with the replies above
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Response from Pohatu_penguins | Property representative |
Hi there, Yes there is , We pick people up from the Akaroa main wharf on cruise ship days here, the tour starts from there with a scenic Drive over to pohatu penguin habitat, We have 2 land based tour options the 2 hour... More
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