Evening penguin tour
Attractions & guided tours

Evening penguin tour

Language: English
Mobile voucher accepted
Duration: from 2 hours 30 minutes to 3 hours
Safety measures applied
Do this because
  • Marvel at the unique personalities of these penguins
  • Perfect for all the family to learn about this species
  • Experience the evening atmosphere
  • See penguins up close as we monitor the colony
What to expect

The evening is a special time to see these penguins and you will discover why in this evening tour. Observe the nightly ritual of Pohatu which is an Australasian little penguin colony on mainland New Zealand. You will be able to see these little birds socialise on the water and take part in 30+ years of conservation work and discover how they are different from other types of penguins.

Then, once you have walked around the colony and monitored them returning to shore and relaxing on the rocks, you can appreciate the special feeling of this experience as well as telling others your new knowledge about them.

The best time for penguin viewing is the breeding season between the end of August to December. You can see molting penguins in January and February, but starting the end of February through early April we do NOT have penguins. There are also some windows of excellent viewing opportunities from mid-April to September when the birds return periodically from sea.

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COVID-19 information
The following health and safety measures are in place, so you can relax and enjoy your experience.
  • Visitor numbers are limited to reduce crowds
  • The experience complies with government regulations
  • Areas frequented by visitors are regularly disinfected
  • Hand sanitizers are provided for staff and visitors
  • All gear/equipment is sanitized between use
  • Contactless payment is available for tips and extras
  • What's included
    • Camouflage gear and binoculars
    • Transportation by minibus to and from Pohatu bay
    • Guided tour
    Reduced price
    • Children (age 5-15)
    • Infant (age 2-4)
    • Family (2 adults+ 2 children)
    Where

    Wildside Booking Office 2/8 Rue Balguerie, Akaroa 7520, New Zealand

    Meeting point:

    Please meet at Wildside Booking Office (behind the BNZ bank and next to the Anglican Church).

    What to remember
    • Please note the evening penguin tour departure changes due to lengthening or shortening days. Please call the local operator after booking to confirm your departure time. you will find the contact details on the voucher after booking
    • Due to potential slippery surfaces with wet weather conditions, the activity is unsuitable for anyone with walking difficulties or wheelchair users
    • Binoculars and camouflage gear are provided. However, if you have your own binoculars you may want to bring them as the ones provided may need to be shared
    • The minimum age to join this activity is 2 years old
    • In summer, it is recommended to have diner prior to joining the tour
    • It is recommended to wear walking shoes or boots with soles that have a good grip and warm clothing
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    When
    • Please check the calendar to find updated starting times and availability
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    Provider
    pohatu penguins
    Booking fee
    Good news! No extra fees are applied to this booking.
    Cancellation policy
    Receive a 90% refund if you cancel up to 24 hours before the experience begins.

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