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Meet the Locals

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Akaroa: Pohatu Penguins Scenic Nature 2-Hour or 4-Hour Tour

1. Akaroa: Pohatu Penguins Scenic Nature 2-Hour or 4-Hour Tour

Join a 4WD eco-tourism safari to the spectacular award-winning Wild Side Conservation area. Depart Akaroa for a scenic drive in a 4WD minivan over the crater rim of the Akaroa volcano to Pohatu Flea Bay. Along the way, learn the region's history from your local guide. Stop for photo opportunities with views of Akaroa harbor and the Pacific Ocean. Arrive at a local family's farm where you can meet friendly pet sheep and hand-feed them for a real kiwi experience. In season, monitor nesting sites with your guide and learn about the conservation work done for the largest colony of little penguins on mainland New Zealand. At certain times of the year, you may even see some of the rehabilitation efforts such as supplemental feeding. The extended 4-hour tour includes visits to the spectacular cliff-tops of Akaroa Heads Lighthouse Reserve. You will have more time to enjoy the area with homemade muffins and cakes, and more time to see the native wildlife and to explore Flea Bay. This activity directly funds the conservation work that takes place at Pohatu Bay to protect the penguins.

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Beautiful drive out to the farm, with interesting commentary on the history of the area. Once we arrived at the farm, we hand fed the sheep and looked in a few of the boxes for penguins, either young ones waiting to be fed, or older ones moulting. Our guide was extremely enthusiastic about "her" penguins, and the efforts her family has made to protect the little blue penguins. A great way to see the area and support the protection of these little rare birds.

These people are the most dedicated to wildlife that we have met. Their knowledge enguins is first class and at the end of the two hour trip we were still at the bay and rescued a penguin that had come ashore and was in serious trouble that would have died but for their intervention. They then took it to the vet in Christchurch. We had a great 2 hours ( nearly 4 ! ) and recommend everyone to go and suport them.

Mark our guide was very knowledgeable, and the scenery was great. The Penguins ad the N Z Fur Seals where a bonus.

We really enjoyed trip found it informative and interesting

Such an awesome tour . Ben our guide was fantastic.