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Kayak and Penguin Evening Combo Tour

Kayak and Penguin Evening Combo Tour


  • Experience a sea-kayaking safari within a marine reserve
  • Evening penguin tour with the little penguins up close
  • Explore the bay with the knowledgeable guides on a conservation walk

Discover the ultimate day out for the wildlife and nature lover, combing the magic Pohatu's land and marine life. Start with a guided kayak tour before heading out on an exciting evening exploration to witness the penguins in their natural habitat.

What's Included?

  • 8 hour day tour with guided component
  • Scenic drive by 4WD mini vans
  • Self-guided bush walk through an ancient forest. A guided option can be arranged at extra cost
  • Access to a fully equipped communal area for lunch
  • Kayaking is fully guided by qualified guides
  • All gear for the sea-kayaking part of the activity (lifejackets, dry jackets, spray deck, dry bags for cameras)

Discover a unique and inspiring day out in Pohatu, where you’ll be combining nature activities and wildlife encounters. Start with complimentary transfers from Akaroa to Pohatu Bay, with plenty of stops for photographs and onboard commentary on your journey. Arrive in the bay and get set up with all your kayaking equipment, before heading onto the pristine waters, led by your knowledgeable guide. Keep your eyes peeled for the incredible marine wildlife within the bay, such as the resident New Zealand fur seals, Hector’s dolphins that frequently visit the bay, Penguins on the rocks (in season) and many sea birds. In calm conditions, you may even enter deep sea caves!

Spend some time relaxing between activities, or explore the ancient forest tracks. You’ll have access to the communal kitchen and bathrooms, which you can use to shower and cook dinner before your evening tour component begins. You’ll head out on a conservation walk and talk, and monitor a couple of penguin nesting boxes giving you a good opportunity to see these little guys up close. Just before nightfall, you may get lucky and see some coming ashore under the hides. Your tour will then conclude with a return transfer to Akaroa after dark.

Session Length

  • Please allow 8 hours for the entire experience
  • Departs at 12pm (noon) to late - could be as late as 10:45pm in the summer months


  • Participants must have a good level of fitness
  • Children need to be over five years old and parents need to be able to manoeuvre a kayak on their own
  • Bring sun protection, water and a packed dinner
  • Pohatu is on a private property s you can safely leave all of your gear in the van while you kayak
  • Pack a raincoat just in case; our weather even in the summer months can be unpredictable


  • Change your booking up to 24 hours before the start time of your experience
  • Changes are not permitted within 24 hours of your experience
  • Late arrivals or no shows may result in you forfeiting your experience

Numbers on the Day

Minimum of two and a maximum of sixteen participants per trip.


If the weather is unsuitable on the day of your experience, the provider will work to reschedule you or put you on a different tour.

Dress Code

Please wear sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat and comfortable weather-suitable clothing you don't mind getting a little wet.

This experience departs from Akaroa and takes place in Pohatu Bay.

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