Evening Penguin Tour - 3.5 Hours

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Highlights & inclusions

Visit the largest colony of Little Penguins on mainland New Zealand
See these adorable creatures up close at nesting sites
Observe Penguins socialising
Scenic drive from our office with 4WD minibus
Discover the tranquil beauty of Pōhatu bay.
Observe Penguins returning to shore from afar

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Sat, Jun 22, 2024

What you can expect

After a stunning scenic drive from our office with 4WD minibus over Akaroa extinct volcano crater rim you will discover the tranquil beauty of Pōhatu bay.

Once in the bay you will set off for a walk and talk around the colony to monitor nesting sites and make sure that our Little Penguins are doing well. You will be able to see them up close and learn about their behaviors and how our 30+ years of conservation efforts have saved the Flea bay colony from extinction.

Then, you will have the opportunity to spot the penguins undisturbed from our hides, socializing on the water with our binoculars and our telescope and at dusk a very high likelihood of some returning to shore.

We depart before it gets to dark and leave it for the penguins to do their thing without us in their way. From December to February we sometimes have peng


What you need to know

  • Scenic drive by 4WD minivan from Akaroa
  • Fully guided tour of colony
  • Camouflage gear
  • Binoculars (one per couple)
  • Departure times vary depending on the time of year, but are generally 2.5 hours before sunset
  • January: 7:30pm – 7:00pm
  • February: 6:45pm – 6:15pm
  • March: No tours
  • April: 4pm – 4:30pm
  • May: 3:30pm – 4pm
  • June: 3pm
  • July: 3pm
  • August: 3:30pm
  • September: 4pm – 4:30pm
  • October: 5pm – 6pm
  • November: 6pm – 6:30pm
  • December: 7pm – 7:30pm
  • Please allow 3.5 hours for this experience
  • This experience is located at Pohatu Bay
Departure Location
  • This experience departs from 2/8 Rue Balguerie Akaroa, Canterbury, 7520, New Zealand
What To Bring
  • Please wear good walking shoes with good grip, comfortable clothing, warm layers in winter and a raincoat no matter the weather.
Additional Information
  • Participants must be able to walk on uneven ground, sometimes with low lights
  • Photography is welcome but strictly no use of flash
  • Please note: Penguins cannot be seen from the end of February to early April
Cancellation Policy
  • A $20 service charge applies to all cancellation refunds
  • No refunds within 24 hours of departure unless the Operator cancels the activity due to waterway, road or weather conditions
Booking Information
  • Confirmation in the form of a tour voucher will be received at time of booking
  • Upon completion of purchase, please print the voucher and present on day of the experience
  • For your information, complete Tour Operator Information including contact details is included on your tour voucher

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  • We are committed to sustainability
  • We have an approved Science Based Target
  • We use third party verified standards
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