A Nature Safari

Price: $104.00
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Grab your camera and get ready to score some impressive shots from the top of Banks Peninsula as you head toward the working sheep farm and penguin colony habitat at Pohatu/Flea Bay. Along the way you will see the beautiful Tutakakahikura Scenic Reserve and Akaroa Head Reserve.

Your adventure begins as you hop into a rugged, 4WD vehicle and traverse over one of the highest and most scenic passes along the Banks Peninsula. Stand at the crater rim of the ancient Akaroa Volcano to capture the stunning volcanic coastal cliffs and gaze out over the mesmerizing Akaroa harbor and Pacific Ocean. Be sure to get photos of the charming lighthouse as you stop at the Akaroa Head Reserve.

Walk through the secluded red beech forest at Tutakakahikura Scenic Reserve and keep an eye - and ear - out for the myriad of birds. At Pohatu/Flea Bay conservancy you will have an opportunity to photograph and pet sheep and see playful Little Penguins in nesting sites (season is August to mid February). If you're lucky you might even be there for a rare appearance of a Yellow Eyed Penguin! Learn about lizard conservation and what the conservancy is doing to protect and nurture the close to 2,500 strong penguin colony.

This family-friendly tour includes coffee or tea and delicious muffins. If you love animals and love photographing gorgeous scenery, this is the tour for you! Book now to experience New Zealand nature at its finest.

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Shore Excursion Size
Shore Excursion Type
Cultural, Scenic
Shore Excursion Duration
4 Hours
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Shore Excursion Leaves From
Cruise Ship / Tender Pier. (Full details will be provided in your electronic ticket)
Food/Beverage Provided
Drinks and muffins are included.
Recommended Dress
We recommend wearing comfortable, weather appropriate clothing and walking shoes. Sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat are suggested.
Guests must be able to step in and out of the vehicle and walk on rugged, uneven ground. This tour is NOT wheelchair accessible.
5 Stars5Based On 10 Reviews Review This Tour
5 StarsA rare treat!February 27, 2018

Reviewer: Robert Falk
We were driven around in a clean van by a very-well-informed young man who took us to many places of natural beauty. As we traveled he explained to us that the tour was operated as a fund-raiser for a sheep ranch which has recently taken on the task of saving endangered penguins which nest on its property. We visited the ranch where we were treated to tea and homemade baked goods, a chance to see working dogs herding the sheep, and learned much about the penguins and how they were being helped to survive. Our driver was a scientist who did an excellent job of explaining what we were seeing on our brief hike along the shore where the birds were nesting.

5 StarsExcellentFebruary 26, 2018

Reviewer: Trevor Huckle
A very interesting tour given by an informative guide. Beautiful scenery and wildlife. The penguins were stars. Well worth the money.

5 StarsNature safariFebruary 12, 2018

Reviewer: Leslie kelly
Not enough stars to rate this nature safari! Averil was excellent as tour guide/driver.We both enjoyed tour immensely and would do it again. Thank you for sharing this piece of heaven, and delicious home baked muffins,with us😍

5 StarsAkoroaDecember 30, 2017

Reviewer: E Lewis
Best excursion ever!

5 StarsNature SafariDecember 25, 2017

Reviewer: Robert Demers
totally enjoyable

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