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Half-Day Scenic Nature Safari - Akaroa

Discover the incredible scenery of Banks Peninsula and its unique wildlife including a visit to the Australasian Little Penguin colony

Akaroa, New Zealand
DurationDuration4 hrs
Start & End TimeStart & End TimeVariesi
Pick-Up & Drop-OffPick-Up & Drop-OffNot included
Minimum AgeMinimum Age2 years
Start & End LocationStart & End LocationAkaroai

What's Included

  • Get up to $15 cash back per person when you book with us
  • 4-hour guided 4WD nature safari to explore the spectacular Banks Peninsula
  • Get the unique opportunity to see Australasian Little Penguins in the wild
  • Tasty refreshments of tea, coffee & home-made baked goods
  • Stop for photos opportunities around Akaroa Heads Lighthouse Reserve & Pohatu Bay
  • Visit the red beech forest of Tutakakahikura Scenic Reserve 
  • Fully qualified guides providing commentary on the area & its wildlife inhabitants
  • Departs from the meeting point at 2/8 Rue Balguerie, Akaroa

What to Expect

Join an unforgettable 4WD safari to the spectacular, award-winning Wildside Conservation area! Discover the area’s rich history, native flora and fauna and Pohatu’s unique penguin conservation program.


Guided by a local family of conservationists, see the spectacular scenery and wildlife that Akaroa is famous for as you discover the majestic outer coast of the Banks Peninsula. Head into the heart of the Pohatu Marine Reserve, home to the largest Australasian Little Penguin colony on mainland New Zealand. The family-run business has worked over the last three decades protecting White-flippered Penguins, Canterbury's own variant of Australasian Little Penguin, from introduced predators.


Take a breathtaking scenic drive over the Akaroa extinct volcano, enjoying stunning photo opportunities over Akaroa Harbour, the outer coast, and surrounding farmlands and forested hillsides. Stop to visit the spectacular cliff-tops of Akaroa Head Scenic Reserve and take in the beauty of the red beech forest of Tutakakahikura Scenic Reserve. Along the way, stop to enjoy refreshments of tea, coffee and home-baked goodies. 


At Pohatu Bay, you will be greeted by the farm’s, friendly pet sheep and before you set off for a walk around the penguin colony to monitor nesting sites. Enjoy the unique opportunity to spot some of the penguins undisturbed from the hides, and if you’re lucky, you may even get the chance to see some of the rehabilitation efforts such as supplemental feedings and swim therapy (late November to February).


Where We Visit

  • Akaroa Head Scenic Reserve
  • Tutakakahikura Scenic Reserve
  • Pohatu Bay

Frequently Asked Questions

Akaroa is a very safe village with free overnight parking. You may leave your vehicle next to our office or, if you prefer, at a private property that we may shuttle you to and from at no additional cost.


When living in an island nation like New Zealand, the weather is hard to predict and can quickly change; sunny one minute then pouring with rain the next and this even in the middle of summer. Offering outdoor activities, we may sometimes get rained on. We do not cancel our tours due to rainy days; it is just part of experiencing this wild country.

In saying that, all of our best wildlife viewing is usually when it's raining, especially on our Evening penguin tours.

Just remember to always bring a raincoat to New Zealand, just in case. We all hope for a beautiful sunny day but rain or shine our guides will give you an authentic New Zealand experience. In consideration of the above, no refund can be expected in the event of rain. A 10% service charge applies to all other cancellation refunds.


The best time for penguin viewing is the breeding season between end of August to December. You can see moulting adults in January and February, but starting the end of February through early April we do NOT have penguins. There are also some windows of excellent viewing opportunities from mid-April to September when the birds return periodically from the sea.



Terms & Conditions:
  • Minimum age is 2 years
  • Photography welcomed but strictly no use of flash
Cancellation Policy:
  • Cancellations within 24 hours of departure - 100% fees apply. Exceptions are made if the operator cancels the activity due to waterway, road or weather conditions

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