Day trip

Akaroa: 24-hour Overnight Pohatu Penguin Package

Day trip

Akaroa: 24-hour Overnight Pohatu Penguin Package

From US$ 108.55 per person

Enjoy an overnight stay in the middle of the penguin colony and sleep in a quirky treehouse, cabin, or cozy private rooms. Enjoy the safe swimming beach just outside your door or explore the surrounding and secluded landscapes.

About this activity

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Duration 1 day
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Live tour guide
English, French
Small group
Limited to 15 participants


  • Spend the night in the middle of the penguin colony
  • Sleep in comfortable private units
  • Join an evening penguin tour
  • Enjoy the safe swimming beaches
Full description
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.
  • Accommodation
  • Linen
  • Towels
  • Fully equipped kitchen
  • Food
  • Beverages
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

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Meeting point

Meet at 8 Rue Balguerie, Akaroa 7520, New Zealand. Please arrive 15 minutes before the activity starts and have your food for the next 24 hours organised. We offer a safe private car park just outside Akaroa so feel free to ask for it if you would like to use it.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Warm clothing
  • Food
  • Hiking shoes
  • Weather-appropriate clothing

Not allowed

  • Smoking
  • Flash photography

Know before you go

  • Please note that these penguins are wild animals, there is no guarantee that you will see them or a guarantee of how many there will be
  • Safe, off-street parking is available during your stay
  • There is a communal kitchen at the accommodation that you are welcome to use to prepare your food. The kitchen is fully equipped with 2 electric ranges, pots, cutleries, toasters, and electric jugs
Customer reviews

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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!

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November 16, 2022

Product ID: 383474