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Christchurch: Akaroa & Banks Peninsula Wild Penguin Eco-Tour

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Discover Akaroa and Banks Peninsula on a day trip from Christchurch. Explore breathtaking scenery from coastline to farmlands. Visit Little River Gallery, Barry’s Bay Cheese Factory, and meet wild Penguins at Flea Bay Akaroa.



  • Journey from Christchurch to explore the Akaroa and the Banks Pensinula
  • Experience a nature safari courtesy of the experts at Pohatu Penguins Habitat
  • Enjoy scenic stopovers at spectacular lookouts, a boutique art gallery, and an award-winning cheese factory
  • Travel in comfort by minibus with free onboard WIFI and USB charging ports
  • Savor a scrumptious special lunch, plus morning and afternoon tea refreshments


Enjoy a full day adventure taking in the breath-taking scenery of the rugged Banks Peninsula coastline and farmlands. Stopover at scenic lookouts and visit quaint Little River Gallery as well as the award-winning Barrys Bay Cheese factory at Duvauchelles.  The highlight of the day is encountering wild Penguins at Flea Bay, Akaroa on the Banks Peninsula. Discover the penguin colony in their natural habitat at remote Pohatu (the largest Australasian Little Penguin colony on mainland New Zealand). Your tour includes a catered lunch, refreshments, and expert guided tour of the penguin colony by a local family of conservationists. 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.  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. Pohatu have been conserving the Little Penguins for over 30 years and have 4 conservation awards for their efforts in penguin conservation, protection, and monitoring. Spending time with Pohatu even helps the preservation of these beautiful birds for future generations. 


Return transport by comfortable minibus Experienced guide Live commentary Scenic stops Lunch Morning and afternoon tea refreshments Nature safari at Pohatu Penguins Habitat Complimentary WIFI and USB charging ports Admission to the quirky Giants House at Akaroa Choose between the standard 2-hour nature safari, or the special extended 4-hour option, which incorporates all standard tour activities plus additional highlights such as visits to the spectacular cliff-tops, red beech forest, fur seals, and an exploration of Flea Bay.

Important Information

  • You may be in contact with domesticated animals (e.g. sheep) including feeding, patting and grooming. The availability and or accessibility of baby animals is not guaranteed
  • Hotel pickup and drop off can be arranged directly with the local operator from centrally located hotels with sufficient notice
  • New Zealand weather is unpredictable at any time of the year. Whilst you'll be warm inside the bus, dress or prepare for all seasons as much of Canterbury is surprisingly remote. Wear walking shoes or boots with good grip soles that can cope with a bit of mud in wet conditions

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