Snap up a 10% discount when you visit Pōhatu Penguins in Akaroa – use the promo code NZTT10.
Meet Akaroa’s wild kororā (little penguins) on the beautiful Banks Peninsula or explore one of a number of additional tours and a farm stay experience.
Book with Pōhatu Penguins and save 10% using the promo code NZTT10.
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Akaroa is home to the largest Australasian little penguin colony on mainland New Zealand, and Pōhatu Penguins will help you get up-close and personal with them!
Though they offer a farm stay experience, sea kayaking tours and conservation tours, the penguin tour is undoubtedly what they are best known for.
This tour takes between 2.5 and 3 hours and allows guests to join their monitoring programme while learning more about the team’s conservation efforts.
This experience was amazing.Carly Fowler, NZTT member
What to expect:
- end of August to December – penguin breeding season
- January and February – moulting season
- end of February to early April – no penguins
- mid-April to September – penguins periodically return from the sea, providing some excellent viewing opportunities.
We did this last night. We cannot recommend Pohutu Penguins highly enough. Such an interesting and educational experienceKaty Tracey, NZTT member
First, you will walk around the colony, monitoring nesting sites and ensuring these wild little penguins are doing well.
Then, you will have the opportunity to spot the penguins, undisturbed from their hides, socialising on the water and likely returning to shore.
And don’t forget, they offer a number of additional activities and tours, allowing you to make the most of your time in Akaroa.
Definitely recommend – family run company & they are doing an amazing job of penguin rehabilitation. You will probably get to see abandoned chicks being hand fed. Kids will also enjoy hand feeding their rare sheep breeds.Vicki Steven, NZTT member