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Wild penguins at Pohatu - and the splendour of Banks Peninsula

Penguins... and more!

Fantastic full day adventure taking in the undeniably breath-taking scenery of the rugged Banks Peninsula coastline and farmlands. Tour includes stopovers at the quaint Little River Gallery, the amazing Oakins Bay Maori & Colonial Museum, and award winning Barrys Bay Cheese factory at Duvauchelle. And of course, the wild Penguins at Flea Bay, Akaroa (Banks Peninsula)

Nature safari courtesy of the experts at Pohatu penguins

Discover the penguin colony in their natural habitat at remote Pohatu (the largest Australasian Little Penguin colony on mainland New Zealand). All-inclusive price: special catered lunch, refreshments and expert guided tour of the penguin colony by a local family of conservationists

Full day tour includes fabulous mouth-watering lunch.

Enjoy the fantastic scenery on your journey from Christchurch, across breath-taking scenery of the rugged Banks Peninsula coastline and farmlands. Relish a scrumptious lunch (included), and share the conservation passion of the amazing people at Pohatu penguins.

Pohatu Penguins – out of the ordinary!

Pohatu have been conserving the Little Penguins for over 30 years and have 4 conservation awards for their efforts in penguin conservation, protection and monitoring. Francis and Shireen Helps have worked over the last three decades protecting White-flippered Penguins (Canterbury’s own variant of Australasian Little Penguin) from introduced predators. Importantly, spending time with Pohatu helps the preservation of these beautiful birds for future generations!



Experience an incredibly diverse ecologically sensitive landscape

Amongst extensive farm lands, Akaroa’s diverse landscape is a region where conservation areas abound in an area regarded as extremely important for native plants and associated wildlife. In fact, Banks Peninsula has the highest amount of biodiversity than any other part of New Zealand.

Fun and adventure - something for everyone!

This is not an arduous 4WD experience, however the relatively inaccessible road into Flea bay is quite steep, windy, unsealed and narrow. Whether you are a serious conservationist, or just coming along to sight some wild animals (or mingle amongst more domesticated ones!), you are certain to enjoy the marvellous scenery. There is literally something for everyone and every age

SPECIAL NOTE: Penguins 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.

Your transportation - safe and luxurious

You will be transported to your destination in the lap of luxury. Our roomy, Mercedes-Benz 519 CDI extra-long wheelbase 4WD turbocharged diesel Sprinter limousine bus features highly advanced technology designed to provide extremely safe, reliable and very comfortable transport in almost all conditions and terrain.


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