Activities

Evening Penguin Tours

Scenic 4WD to Pohatu
The tour includes pick-up at our booking office in Akaroa with spectacular Scenic 4WD van ride to Pohatu with photo stop opportunities.
This tour concentrates mostly on the Little penguin but other native and endemic birds may also be seen. e.g the Yellow Eyed Penguins who breed at the bay.

Duration

Approx 2.5-3 hours

Season

Breeding and through Moulting season between September and February. Periodically open between April and September whenever penguins are back at the colony on their pre breeding visits.

Other Information

Over the autumn winter pre breeding visits penguin availability is hard to predict so there can be no on line booking until a pattern of visits can be predicted or the penguin breeding season begins in September when viewing is assured. Enquiries to check if penguins are in and tours can run can be made online to tours@pohatu.co.nz or phone 03 304 8542 or through Akaroa Information Centre.The Akaroa Information centre is kept well informed on penguin availability.

4WD Scenic Sea Kayaking Safari

This trip can be mind blowing in the right sea conditions. The outer coast of Pohatu Marine Reserve is spectacular with towering sea cliffs sculpted through the ages by the sea into rock stacks, reefs, and deep sea caves. Flea Bay Island and the impressive island arch make an added exciting attraction.

We Provide

Safety sea-kayaking gear including: Spray deck and life jackets.
We also can provide dry jackets and dry bags for camera or cellphone.

Please Bring

Please remember to bring hat, sunscreen and sunglasses.

Duration

4 hours

Season

Year Round

Early Bird Sea Kayaking Safari

This option is for the early riser with tour departing from our booking office at 8am and returning just before 12pm.
This is a slightly faster paced tour and does not include the photo stops along the way and is open from the 1st of October to the 30th of April.

Please Bring

Please remember to bring hat, sunscreen and sunglasses.

Duration

3.5 to 4 hours

Season

From October to the end of April

2 hour Nature Tour

This is a great tour for anyone wanting a shorter option to explore the area.

With a 4WD 9-seater van ride and photo stops en route you will view Akaroa harbour in its entirety, standing on crater rim at our 700m view point, hearing about the history of this beautiful landscape by our local guides.

Come with us as we monitor penguin nesting boxes and learn of the conservation work we do in the largest colony of little penguins on mainland New Zealand. Great opportunity to see penguins and their chicks up close on their nests (Note, penguins are only seen in season).

Duration

2 hours

Season

Year Round

4WD Scenic Nature Safari

Scenic 4WD transport to Pohatu with photo stops, scenic drive to Akaroa Heads and biodiversity monitoring and bush walk, tour of the penguin colony with nest box monitoring in season and refreshments of hot drink and muffins included.

Please Bring

Please bring good walking shoes as the tour involves some walking.

Duration

Approx 4 hours

Season

Year Round

Pohatu Package

A 24 hour Pohatu adventure with overnight accommodation in our accommdation including a cosy kiwi bach or romantic Colonial Cottage within easy walking distance of a peaceful safe swimming beach. Includes evening penguin tour in season and all activities of the scenic nature safari and free time to explore or simply relax on the beach. No food included. Sea kayaking at a small extra charge.

Duration

24 hours

Season

Year Round

Shuttle + 2 hour Nature Tour

A perfect day excursion from Christchurch to French Akaroa.
Discover the Canterbury plains, Banks Peninsula volcanic creation, the only French settlement in the all of New Zealand and a working sheep farm and penguin colony.

Wander around Akaroa, enjoy lunch or a coffee by the water and join Pohatu penguins for a 2 hour nature tour by 4WD 9-seater van.
View Akaroa harbor in its entirety, standing on crater rim at our 700m view point and learn about the history of this beautiful landscape by our local guides.

Monitor penguin nesting sites and learn of the conservation work we do in the largest colony of little penguins on mainland New Zealand. (Note, penguins are only seen in season).

Duration

9 hours

Season

Year Round

Shuttle + 4WD Scenic Nature Safari

A perfect day excursion from Christchurch to French Akaroa.

Discover the Canterbury plains, Banks Peninsula volcanic creation, the only French settlement in the all of New Zealand and a working sheep farm and penguin colony.

Wander around Akaroa, enjoy lunch or a coffee by the water and join Pohatu penguins for a Full Scenic Nature safari by 4WD 9-seater van.
View Akaroa harbor in its entirety, standing on crater rim at our 700m view point and learn about the history of this beautiful landscape by our local guides.

Monitor penguin nesting sites and learn of the conservation work we do in the largest colony of little penguins on mainland New Zealand. (Note, penguins are only seen in season).

Duration

9 hours

Season

Year Round

3 hour Nature Tour Charter Celebrity and Renaissance

Duration

2 hours

Season

Year Round

Combo - Sea-kayaking + Evening penguin safaris

If you want to get the most of Pohatu penguins experience in one day then this is the tour you need.

Combine our Sea-kayaking and Evening penguin safaris with free time to relax or explore a scenic reserve with 400 years old trees.

Spectacular scenic 4WD van ride to Pohatu marine reserve with photo stop opportunities.
Encounter the marine wildlife of the area as only sea-kayaking can allow.
Relax, enjoy a short walk and have diner before the Evening penguin tour start and watch penguins in nesting sites and socialising on the water.

Duration

8 hours

Kayaking with trampers

This trip can be mind blowing in the right sea conditions. The outer coast of Pohatu Marine Reserve is spectacular with towering sea cliffs sculpted through the ages by the sea into rock stacks, reefs, and deep sea caves. Flea Bay Island and the impressive island arch make an added exciting attraction.

Season

Year Round

Penguin awareness day

We are celebrating our little flippered friends at Pohatu Penguins. For the occasion we will be running a special “Get involved” tour.

Discover their world and help us out with the conservation work by building nesting sites.

Don’t wait and book your seat now as we have a limited number of places!

Duration

3 hours

Season

20th of January 2020

Combo: Hiking + Sea-kayaking

Get a day out of your time in Akaroa: Hike in the morning, enjoy a relaxing lunch at the bay and explore the outercoast of Banks Peninsula and encounter the wildlife of Pohatu marine reserve.

Tour departs at 8.00am from our office in Akaroa and return at 4pm.

Duration

8 hours

The Bonjour Wine tour charter

Pohatu penguins has teamed up with local wineries to bring you an afternoon "A la french" and what a better place to taste wine and cheese than in the most French village of New Zealand!

Explore Akaroa harbour and visit our local award winning vineyards.
Learn about our French history and the geology of the area creating unique wines.
Taste some of our local cheeses; you drink, we drive; and as we go it makes for an afternoon delight.

Duration

2.5 hours

The Get Involved tour

Join a journey to the Wildside of Banks Peninsula, step back in time and discover what New Zealand use to look like and make your mark in our newly established reserve “Mable Hope Reserve”.
This tour will hopefully inspire you and connect you with the natural world, how it works and how we can preserve it for future generations.

Duration

4 hours