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Pohatu Bay Guided Penguin Tour - Evening

Departs Akaroa - Show on map
ZPP002
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For 1 person
$85 each
1 Adult
$85 each

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Highlights

  • Visit the largest colony of Little Penguins on mainland New Zealand
  • See these adorable creatures up close at nesting sites
  • Observe them socialising on the water and returning to shore from afar

Look into the life of a penguin and learn about conservation efforts during this evening tour. Enjoy a scenic drive to Pohatu Bay, where the largest colony of Little Penguins on mainland New Zealand reside. Observe them up close in nesting sites and from afar as they socialise on the water.

What's Included?

  • Scenic drive by 4WD minivan from Akaroa
  • Fully guided tour of colony
  • Camouflage gear
  • Binoculars (one per couple)

Immerse yourself in the largest Little Penguin colony on mainland New Zealand during this exciting evening tour. Enjoy a scenic drive over Akaroa's extinct volcano crater rim before arriving at the serene and beautiful Pohatu Bay. Set off for a walk and talk around the colony, monitoring nesting sites and ensuring that the Little Penguins are doing well. You'll be able to see these adorable creatures up close as you learn about their behaviours and how conservation efforts have saved the Flea Bay colony from extinction. Then, assume a tucked away position to spot the penguins undisturbed, using binoculars and a telescope to watch them socialising on the water. At dusk, there is a very high chance of seeing some waddling back to shore. The tour will depart just before dark, leaving the penguins to go about their nightly routines.

Session Length

  • Please allow 3-3.5 hours for this experience
  • Departure times vary depending on the time of year, but are generally 2.5 hours before sunset

Restrictions

Clients need to be able to walk on uneven ground, sometimes with low lights.

Guidelines

  • Participants must be able to walk on uneven ground, sometimes with low lights
  • Photography is welcome but strictly no use of flash
  • Please note: There is a very small likelihood that you will see penguins between mid February and mid April

Cancellation

Once this experience has been confirmed, changes are at the discretion of the experience provider and arranged directly with them according to this policy:

  • A 10% admin fee applies to all cancellations
  • Cancellations within 24 hours are not permitted

Numbers on the Day

The minivan holds a maximum of nine passengers. Private group of up to 54 can be arranged.

Weather

This experience will still go ahead in the event of rain. Some of the best wildlife viewing is usually when it's raining.

Dress Code

Please wear good walking shoes with good grip, comfortable clothing, warm layers in winter and a raincoat no matter the weather.

Other Info

Over the summer months, dinner prior to the tour is advisable as you can return as late as 10.30pm.

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