Akaroa & Banks Peninsula Wild Penguins Eco-Tour from Christchurch
- Duration: 9 Hours (approx.)
Courtesy of a luxury 4x4 min-coach - take in the breath-taking scenery of the rugged Banks Peninsula coastline and farmlands. This area is renowned for its rugged topography in a surprisingly sparsely populated district. Amongst extensive farm lands, Akaroa’s diverse landscape is a region where conservation areas abound in an area regarded as extremely important for native plants and associated wildlife. In fact, Banks Peninsula has the highest amount of biodiversity than any other part of New Zealand.
After your fully catered special lunch (provided), enjoy a unique nature safari in the spectacular, award-winning Wild Side Conservation area! Learn about the area’s rich history, native flora and fauna and Pohatu’s unique penguin conservation program. Be greeted by the farm’s, friendly pet sheep and see White-Flippered penguins as the people of Pohatu monitor nesting sites. This is the only place in New Zealand you can easily see penguins' gathering and socializing on the water. If visiting between mid-November and mid-February, you may even be lucky enough to see rehabilitation efforts such as supplemental feedings and swim therapy!
Fully inclusive price includes:
- Pick up from major Christchurch central city hotels - or hop on before departure outside Canterbury Museum, Central Christchurch (make your selection when booking - can be later amended)
Scrumptious special lunch (catering for most dietary needs notified at time of booking)
Morning and afternoon tea and refreshments
Visit to the Okains Bay Maori & Colonial Museum
Nature safari courtesy of the experts at Pohatu penguins
Binoculars and camouflage gear may also be provided by Pohatu to maximize viewing abilities
Scenery stops along the way
Luxury mini-coach travel at its best in a luxury 4WD Mercedes Benz: to and from destination
Free WIFI and USB connection
A lively, entertaining and highly knowledgeable tour guide who can relate an amazing array of facts, figures & history of this unique countryside!
Possibility of live entertainment, e.g. traditional waiata, from your hosts (they need encouragement!)
After clicking the "Book now" button, select the special extended 4-hour scenic nature safari tour option (compared to the "standard" 2-hour nature safari), and enjoy all standard tour activities plus additional highlights including:
- visit to the spectacular cliff-tops of Akaroa Heads Lighthouse Reserve
- visit to the beautiful red beech forest of Tutakakahikura Scenic Reserve
- more time to see native wildlife and to explore Flea Bay
- strong likelihood of seeing fur seals