After a scenic 4WD van trip over one of the highest passes on Banks Peninsula to Pohatu Marine Reserve our large fleet of safe stable doubles and some singles will give you the opportunity to enjoy this beautiful location in a way that only kayaking can allow.
You will encounter its special wildlife: penguins, seals, sea birds and often Hectors dolphins. Pohatu is a refuge for many endemic species.
Discover the peace of Pohatu Bay and enjoy watching seals as we drift past.
On a calm day explore with us the spectacular outer coast sculptured into high sea cliffs, rock stacks, Flea Bay island with its island arch and deep sea caves.
Trips are fully guided by experienced staff. The operator has a marine mammal concession and penguin permit.
After a 4WD van trip and stunning photo stops en route you will discover Pohatu Marine reserve & the Helps Sheep and cattle property which is also the largest Little Penguin colony on mainland New Zealand nesting site.
The Helps Family have worked on penguin conservation on their land for 25 years and have run these trips for 17 years.
Our penguin viewing is of a natural undisturbed colony. You will see penguins up close as artificial nest boxes are monitored, you will see them socializing on the water and see the first groups coming ashore under our hides just before darkness forces our retreat.
As Yellow Eyed Penguins breed at the bay they are often seen on the tour.
The operator has a penguin permit to care for sick or injured penguins.
Our comfortable 4WD vans will take you over one of the highest passes on Banks Peninsula to Pohatu Marine Reserve.
With an experienced local guide you will visit the dramatic outer coast on the wild side and visit the Akaroa Heads Lighthouse Reserve, discover the tranquil surroundings and bird-life of the beautiful Tutakakahikura Scenic Reserve.
Once down in Pohatu bay enjoy tea, coffee and muffins before taking part in a biodiversity monitoring program of endemic species such as penguins, and wetas.
Pohatu Penguins/ Plunge NZ Ltd has a marine mammal concession and penguin permit to care for sick or injured penguins.
Only an hour and half away from Christchurch is Akaroa & the departure of our package tour to spend a night in the tranquil bay of Pohatu.
Our guides drive you to and from the bay by comfortable 4WD vans. You get plenty of free time to swim, explore or relax in our beautiful area with plenty to see and do. Get a free evening penguin tour in season to learn about the White Flippered penguin and the conservation to preserve penguins and other species.
The next morning you have the possibility to kayak & discover the wildlife in the sheltered bay and the spectacular outer coast of Pohatu Marine reserve.
Our accommodations includes full cooking and eating facilities, all bedding, linen and hot showers. Separate accommodation or beds available.