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.
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.