Pohatu Penguins safaris

After a 4WD van trip and stunning photo stops en route you will discover Pohatu Marine reserve & the Helps Sheep and cattle property which is also the largest Little Penguin colony on mainland New Zealand nesting site. The Helps Family have worked on penguin conservation on their land for 25 years and have run these trips for 17 years. Our penguin viewing is of a natural undisturbed colony. You will see penguins up close as artificial nest boxes are monitored, you will see them socializing on the water and see the first groups coming ashore under our hides just before darkness forces our retreat. As Yellow Eyed Penguins breed at the bay they are often seen on the tour. The operator has a penguin permit to care for sick or injured penguins.

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Months of operation
    All Year
  • Proximity to airport:
    Akaroa is an hour and half drive away from Christchurch Airport.
    Proximity to town:
    Our office is in Akaroa, just behind the BNZ bank at Unit 2, 8 Rue Balguerie.

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