Tour Overview

This is a great option for a Christchurch day trip that combines nature, local wildlife, and delicious food experiences too. Save time planning transfers by having round-trip transport in a luxury vehicle included. You won’t have to worry about bringing snacks with you as light refreshments, drinks, and a delicious lunch are all included. Travel in comfort between dispersed sites including Banks Peninsula, Barrys Bay Cheese Factory, and the Wild Side Conservation Area to spot wild penguins. Duration is approximately 9-10 hours.

Tour Itinerary

  • Pick up from Canterbury Museum or your city-located accommodation around 9.00am.
  • Enjoy a morning tea break at the quaint Little River Gallery, where there is lots to see!
  • Visit the unique historical church at Little Akaloa renowned for its location on a wooded cliff high above the bay, and for its stunning carvings in timber and Mt Somers stone depicting Maori designs.
  • Enjoy lunch (included) at, and admission this special and unique museum containing various Māori and colonial artifacts; amazing scenery; Māori and colonial village buildings.
  • Briefly visit the Akaroa i-SITE Visitor Information Centre
  • Enjoy an expert guided nature safari that includes a 2 hour tour of the penguin colony by a local family of conservationists.
  • Visit to the award winning Barrys Bay Cheese factory at Duvauchelle. See cheese being made through the glass walled factory!
  • Drop-off at Canterbury Museum or your city-located accommodation.


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Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infant seats available
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately. 
  • Stroller accessible
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travellers.

Special Note: Penguin Availability

It should be borne in mind that the penguins at Flea Bay are wild. Nonetheless, you can be virtually guaranteed of seeing penguins between September to mid-February, and a high chance between mid-April and end of June. There is slim or no possibility between mid-February to mid-April, however Maossie Tours runs this day-tour for much of the year since the scenic nature safari remains a very interesting activity even in the “off-season”, i.e. even when penguins are not in the area the safari offers additional sites and wildlife. Click here for more information >>


What a spectacular trip this was. We were picked up from our hotel and given an amazing tour of the local area on the way to see some penguins. Full of knowledge and two of the most lovely people to have guide you. They made us feel so special and made sure we were looked after all day. If you have any reservations about going on this tour, don’t. Book it now.           Ryan W.

Toured with Gary and Nicole on our second full day in Christchurch. They treated our family of four in VIP style, from goodie bags, comfortable transportation and WiFi to stops at unique cafes/bakeries and beautiful scenery/historical locations. Having young boys, the Penguin aspect of this tour spurred our interest, but we are so grateful to have fully immersed in the Banks Peninsula and it's unique history and influence on the culture of the region. With Pohatu Penguins, while we knew the chances of seeing the adult penguins was not certain, we were able to view several nesting pens, taking in the beauty of the young creatures and their unique coloring. What we may have missed in first hand viewing, our guide Benjamin filled in educating us on the conservation efforts and daily life with these unique creatures. A gem of a tour, would join Gary and Nicole again for certain.          Schaftravels


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