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  1. New Zealand
  2. Canterbury
  3. Akaroa
  4. Banks Peninsula

Akaroa: Pohatu Little Penguins 3-Hour Evening Experience

Product ID: 191678
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Encounter New Zealand's native penguins in their natural environment on 3-hour guided experience from Akaroa. See them up-close and learn about the 30 years of conservation work that has saved them from extinction in the area.
About this activity
Duration 3 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English, French
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • Marvel at wild penguins up-close 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
See penguins in the wild, viewing them naturally and undisturbed. 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 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. 
  • Scenic return transport by 4WD minivan
  • Experienced guide
  • Photo stops
  • Penguin monitoring and viewing
  • Camouflage gear
  • Use of binoculars

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Unit 2, 8 Rue Balguerie, Akaroa. Look for the entry under the shade sails on the building located behind the BNZ building 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 around 3 hours prior to sunset and 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 breeding colony to view the White-flippered Penguins
• No refunds within 24 hours
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