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Start with a ride over to Pohatu with photo stops and commentary as you go. Once in the bay get set up for the kayaking trip, a safety talk and wildlife code to ensure safe behaviours and get on the water to encounter Pohatu marine reserve resident wildlife.
Explore the bay with knowledgeable guides who know where to look to spot resident New Zealand fur seals, Hector’s dolphins that frequently visit the bay, Penguins on the rocks (in season) and many sea-birds and deep sea-caves to enter on calm conditions.

After the kayaking activity you will have time before the Evening penguin tour starts. You can either relax or explore some of the accessible walking tracks through ancient forest.
You will also have free access to a bathroom block where you can take a shower and a communal kitchen where you can cook your dinner before the evening penguin tour which will start from the Helps homestead at the time you have been told by your kayaking guide.

You will head for a conservation walk and talk and monitor a couple of penguin nesting boxes giving you a good opportunity to see these little guys up close. Then hike out to hides on the side of the hills and observe the bay from above to spot penguins that are frequently seen socializing on the water. And just before night fall, you may get lucky and see some coming ashore under the hides. We leave before it gets too dark as this is penguin hour and they need to get up the hills to their waiting chicks without disturbance from us.

  • 12pm departure from our office in Akaroa for a scenic drive to Pohatu marine reserve and the sea-kayaking safari
  • 3, 3.30pm finish with the sea-kayaking
  • Free time to relax or explore some of our walking tracks and ancient forest
  • Free access to a communal kitchen for your diner and shower facilities.
  • Evening penguin tour: departure changes due to the sunset so check with the guide for the meeting time and instruction
  • Return in Akaroa after dark and in the height of summer this could be as late at 10.45pm.

Kayaking and Penguin Tour

7 - 10 hours

$499 NZD

Kayak the Pohatu Marine Reserve, exploring the unique coastline with your eyes peeled for marine life, then as the sun sets its time for an evening Penguin spotting experience

Experience provided by

Pohatu Penguins

Important Information
  • Minimum Age 8 Years


  • Back pack for your belongings,
  • Food for snacks and dinner,
  • A water bottle, which can be refilled at our communal kitchen,
  • Clothes comfortable for kayaking, wear layers just in case it’s too hot or cold, bring a spare change just in case you do get a little wet,
  • Rain jacket,
  • Shoes you can hike in,
  • Sun protection

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