Christchurch: Akaroa & Banks Peninsula Wild Penguin Eco-Tour
- 9 hours
- Skip the line
- Small group
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Gary and Nicole made us have a very nice day. Unfortunately it rained a lot, but both tried very hard to get the best out of us. We felt very welcome and familiar, super comfortable minibus and delicious lunch plus cake. We saw great landscapes, a small gallery, a cheese factory (fantastic cheese!) And the sweet harbor of Akaroa, but the best thing was the small farm with the penguin nests, which we could visit. Gary and Nicole have given us a very nice day. Unfortunately it rained a lot, but both tried very hard to get the best out of us. We felt very welcome and family welcome. Super comfortable minibus and delicious lunch plus cake. We have seen great scenery, a small gallery, a cheese factory (wonderful cheese!) And the sweet harbor of Akaroa. But the best was the small farm with the penguin nests, which we could visit.Highly recommended day trip, even with rain with super sympathetic guides.
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!
Gary and Nicole are the perfect hosts on this trip. We visited some amazing places which you wouldn't normally see. Thoroughly recommended.