Two Hour Nature Safari

Two Hour Nature Safari
Excursion Highlights:
  • Witness penguins in their natural habitat on New Zealand's Banks Peninsula on our exciting Two-Hour Nature Safari
  • Enjoy a comfortable 4-wheel-drive adventure with photo stops at the viewpoint overlooking the stunning Akaroa harbor
  • Dive into local history with knowledgeable guides who've lived in this beautiful landscape for up to five generations
  • Feed friendly sheep by hand at a working farm and monitor penguin nesting boxes at the Pohatu Bay penguin colony
  • Don't miss out, as our popular Two-Hour Nature Safari sells out fast
Price: $99.00
Choose Options My Cruise Itinerary
Shore Excursion Size ? Small
Shore Excursion Type Cultural, Scenic
Shore Excursion Duration 2 Hours
Activity Level ? Moderate
Shore Excursion Leaves From ? Cruise Ship Pier or Cruise Ship Tender Pier
Food/Beverage Provided Not Included
Recommended Dress We recommend wearing comfortable, weather appropriate clothing and walking shoes. Sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat are suggested.
Restrictions Guests must be able to step in and out of the vehicle and walk on rugged, uneven ground. This tour is NOT wheelchair accessible.

Two Hour Nature Safari

This is a great tour option for anyone with a shorter time in port to explore this beautiful area. 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.

Hop in your 4-wheel drive van for a comfortable ride and enjoy photo stops while en route. You will view Akaroa harbor in its entirety, standing on a crater rim at the 700-meter viewpoint. Learn about the history of this beautiful landscape by your local guides who have lived here for up to five generations.

Visit Pohatu Bay on the outer coast, be in awe of the panoramic views all the way down to the water, and then continue to a working sheep farm and a penguin colony.

This is a fantastic chance to interact with the friendly pet sheep which you can feed by hand for a real kiwi experience.

The excitement continues as you monitor penguin nesting boxes and learn of the conservation work being conducted in the largest colony of little penguins on mainland New Zealand. See penguins and their chicks up close and personal on their nests (the season is August to mid-February). Your knowledgeable guides will also point out other native birds and wildlife as you go along and possibly encounter them.

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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5 Stars5.0 / 5  |  2 ReviewsReview This Tour
August 20, 2019
This tour was one of the highlights of our trip. Our vehicle climbed a steep, winding road. At the top we had an excellent overlook, where we saw our ship at anchor. We then proceeded to visit a marine reserve -- a private farm -- that rescues Blue Penguins, nurses them back to health, and then releases them into the wild. The guide that we had is part of the family that operates the reserve, and she was passionate about her work. We saw lots of penguins in their burrows, where they raise their chicks. I am very glad that we took this tour.
Reviewer: Eric P
5 Stars
lambs and penquins
April 02, 2018
picked up easily, tour was well organized, small van group. our guide Joey , friendly and informative, raised on the land where we were headed. The weather was stormy and cool, but spent time out on a ranch and bay,and where the penguins nest. She was caring for one with a broken wing. would strongly recommend this trip, well worth the price.
Reviewer: kerry burrell
5 Stars