Pohatu Penguins Safaris

Pohatu is the Largest Little Penguin colony on mainland NZ. Join an evening tour and learn of penguin conservation. Unique viewing in this undisturbed environment of penguins returning from sea. Other wildlife e.g Yellow Eyed penguins are often seen.


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After a 4WD van trip and stunning photo stops en route you will discover Pohatu Marine reserve & the Helps Sheep and cattle property which is also the largest Little Penguin colony on mainland New Zealand nesting site.

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The Helps Family have worked on penguin conservation on their land for 30+ years and have run these trips for 17 years.
Our penguin viewing is of a natural undisturbed colony. You will see penguins up close as artificial nest boxes are monitored, you will see them socializing on the water and see the first groups coming ashore under our hides just before darkness forces our retreat.
As Yellow Eyed Penguins breed at the bay they are often seen on the tour.
The operator has a penguin permit to care for sick or injured penguins


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Physical address

Pohatu Penguins Safaris, Unit 2, 8 Rue Balguerie, Akaroa, Christchurch - Canterbury, 7520, New Zealand.

Opening times

Business hours:
8 am to 6pm
Months of operation:
All months of the year

Facilities and Features

Proximity to airport:
Akaroa is an hour and half drive away from Christchurch Airport.
Proximity to coach terminal:
The daily shuttles pick up and drop off 100 metres away of our office.
Proximity to town:
Our office is in Akaroa, just behind the BNZ bank at Unit 2, 8 Rue Balguerie.

Pricing and Conditions

Adult $75.00
(15 year(s) and under)

Language support

  Written Spoken
French YES YES

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