Reviewer: Joanne Genzale
The driver showed us so very beautiful sites and was very knowledgeable about the area and animals we saw . Some of the prettiest country I ever seen. Was a great tour all round!!
Reviewer: Judith Simpson
This was our favourite excursion of all shore excursions from 4 cruises. Initially we were given a guided tour around the beautiful natural areas by a very friendly and knowledgeable guide who ensured we saw wild creatures in their natural environments. Better was to follow when we were taken back to a baby penguin respite environment where our guide and his wife rescue baby penguins, feed and rear them in a natural way and reintroduce them to their natural environment. The depth of information, viewing experience and close involvement with a ‘real’ and successful project was second to none. Our guides wife also fed us with, baked that morning, muffins, cookies and coffee. Our most enjoyable holiday excursion ever. The fees from our excursion went towards the maintenance of thus special project.
Reviewer: Gordon Maze
Our tour (Dec., 21) with Sue of Pohatu Penguins was awesome. She was always informative, and at the same time in total control of the micro-bus on a narrow dirt road, often with spectacular views. A few stand-out memories: seeing the original site of the lighthouse moved to the harbour (Sue had photos of this process)., feeding the goats, seeing the baby penguins being fed anchovies. On the whole, a great excursion!
Reviewer: Jody Wheeler
The weather was horrible and it did make hide the views from the hills. But our tour guide used technology and circulated pictures of what we would see if the weather was better. At the farm we feed the sheep, ate great homemade scones and visited penguin breeding nests with penguins in them. Our guide was very passionate about their conservation efforts, which made the tour very educational.
Reviewer: Laura Tremblay
Fabulous 4 hour tour on the Peninsula. This was on of the highlights of all our excursions. Absolutely top notch in information and outstanding one on one with the Blue Penquins and their rescue operation and nesting sights. Excellent tour guide!!
Reviewer: Ray Rumsey
Great day with a small group and guide from Akaroa, visited very picturesque lookout, sheep farm and helped rescue a penguin.
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.
Reviewer: Trevor Huckle
A very interesting tour given by an informative guide. Beautiful scenery and wildlife. The penguins were stars. Well worth the money.
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😍
Reviewer: E Lewis
Best excursion ever!
Reviewer: Robert Demers
Reviewer: Mitch Blaesing
Guide was great. Views were outstanding, and what we learned that day was amazing.The blue penguins were cool. A very interesting and beautiful trip.
Reviewer: Rich Crane
Fantastic. Loved the owner/tour guide. Enjoyed the scenery and her farm
Reviewer: Denise Brown
Small 4WD van with a guide who was devoted to repairing the environment and the endangered wildlife. The scenery was beautiful...we on dirt roads much of the time and I truly felt like I was experiencing something unique. The penguin preserve was remarkable. The live in manager was so knowledgeable and devoted to saving these birds. She made us tea and cookies and we enjoyed sitting on her porch surrounded by wild flowers, mountains, and the cove. What a wonderful day.
Reviewer: Cynthia Conrad
Our guide Murray was fantastic! He drove us to the top of ridges to see the lighthouse and the stunning view of the turquoise bays below. He took us to a sheep farm on a beautiful bay and showed us penguins that were molting. He even provided tea, cake and cookies midday! Our all-day tour around Akaroa was my favorite in NZ. Five stars to Murray!
Reviewer: Sarah Pommer
We had an invigorating hike to see the beautiful forests and waterfalls with an optional hike further up the mountain to view another waterfall. We took the option of sitting on a bench along the trail as the elevation increased and the rest of the group returned in 30 minutes. The animal park was enlightening as we walked around the hilly trails to see displays of kangaroos, koalas, wombats, possums, Tasmanian devils, and short-beaked Echidnas and emus--it was a nice collection of Australian critters up close.