Akaroa
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Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 1 reviews

We had a wonderful tour with Jake. He gave clear and thorough instructions at the beginning and made sure we all understood. He helped us all individually get situated properly in the kayak. On the tour Jake talked about birds, sea life and geology of the area as he pointed out examples. It was all quite interesting and easy to follow. We patiently followed some dolphin activity and was rewarded with one popping up between our kayaks. Jake kept a close eye on everyone to make sure we were safe and having a good time. We recommend this tour and also recommend Jake as a guide.

Beautiful drive out to the farm, with interesting commentary on the history of the area. Once we arrived at the farm, we hand fed the sheep and looked in a few of the boxes for penguins, either young ones waiting to be fed, or older ones moulting. Our guide was extremely enthusiastic about "her" penguins, and the efforts her family has made to protect the little blue penguins. A great way to see the area and support the protection of these little rare birds.

Staff was friendly and helpful upon checking in. We really enjoyed how the tour was laid out from stops to explore history of the local area with many picture taking opportunities, nature hike with breathtaking views, opportunity to interact with sheep, and of course the detailed visual experience of learning about the Pohatu penguins themselves. We are grateful for this experience and appreciated the bonus tea and cake offered at the private farm home.

These people are the most dedicated to wildlife that we have met. Their knowledge enguins is first class and at the end of the two hour trip we were still at the bay and rescued a penguin that had come ashore and was in serious trouble that would have died but for their intervention. They then took it to the vet in Christchurch. We had a great 2 hours ( nearly 4 ! ) and recommend everyone to go and suport them.

This was a great tour with a very informative and patient guide. We would not have found the places we were taken as solo travellers as you really did need a 4X4 to access. We were on a cruise ship and booked this independently as it was much better value for money that way. Would highly recommend if you enjoy scenic views, plants, animals and have an interest in conservation.