A Nature Safari
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: 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!!