Activities

Evening Penguin Tours

There are two Evening tour options.

Option one: Scenic 4WD to Pohatu
This option includes pick-up at 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.

Option two: Self Drive Tour
Join the tour at the bay. The road to Pohatu is a steep and narrow shingle road and recommended for 4WD vehicles only.
If you have a suitable vehicle you may join the tour at Pohatu. Prebooking is essential.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Season

Year Round

The Bonjour Wine tour

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