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2 Hour 4x4 Nature Tour, Akaroa

  • Discover the beautiful Pohatu Bay
  • Experience stunning views and learn about New Zealand's largest colony of little penguins!
  • Enjoy plenty of photo opportunities throughout the 2 hour trip

Discover the beautiful Pohatu Bay with its panoramic views, working sheep farms and penguin colony. This tour is run from a 4x4 vehicle, which seats a maximum of 9 passengers and has many photography opportunities along the route.

Get the chance to pet the friendly sheep and feed them from your hand, for a real kiwi experience! Experience stunning views of Akaroa harbour in its entirety and stand on the crater’s rim at our 700 metre view point. You’ll hear about the history of this beautiful landscape from your local guide, who’s families have lived here for up to five generations.

You’ll get the chance to monitor penguin nesting sites and learn of the conservation work they do in the largest colony of little penguins on mainland New Zealand. This tour is a fantastic opportunity to see penguins and their chicks up close on their nests*. Along the tour you’ll guide will point out other native birds and wildlife as we go. This is a perfect tour for visitors on a day trip to Akaroa, giving you the time to also explore our historic town.

*Note, penguins are only seen in season: September to February and on and off from April*


2 hours

Height Restriction

No minimum height

No maximum height

Wheelchair Friendly


Maximum Weight

No maximum weight

Weather Dependent

Outdoor - Yes

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This experience is not suitable for spectators

Animals Allowed

No Animals Allowed

Toilet facilities


Minimum Age

No minimum age

Important Information

Note, penguins are only seen in season: September to February and on and off from April

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Adult 16 year +

Child Children under 15 years

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About the provider

Pohatu Penguins/ Plunge, Akaroa

Wildside Booking Office,
8/2 Rue Balguerie,
New Zealand

Pohatu Penguins is run by Francis and Shireen, conservationists who have worked for over 30 years to protect White-flippered Penguins (Eudyptula minor albosignata), Canterbury’s own variant of Australasian Little Penguin, from introduced predators. They offer visitors unique nature and sea kayak tours from Akaroa.

By spending time with Pohatu Penguins, you are helping the preservation of these beautiful birds for future generations.
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