Scenic Nature Tours

  This is a scenic 4 WD adventure over one of the highest passes on Banks Peninsula including photo stops. It enables you to experience the spectacular and dramatic scenery from crater rim of ancient Akaroa Volcano to volcanic coastal cliffs and Akaroa heads reserve & Lighthouse. Enjoy the beautiful view over Akaroa Harbour and the endless Pacific Ocean! Conservation projects for protection of penguins, lizards and insects can be seen as well as the beautiful red beech forest of Tutakakahikura Scenic Reserve with five species of tree ferns.

Great for the keen birdwatcher or photographer.
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Full Scenic nature Safari:

  • Scenic drive to Pohatu Marine Reserve with photo stops en route
  • Penguin monitoring during penguin breeding season
  • Walk through the beautiful Tutakahikura Scenic Bush Reserve
  • View Bank Peninsula Tree Weta
  • Learning of lizard conservation
  • Tea, coffee and muffin
  • Great variety of native birds
  • Photo stop at crater rim
  • Visit a working sheep farm
  • Scenic drive to Akaroa head reserve and lighthouse
$95 per person
$65 child under 15 years
Group concessions can be negotiated for schools, students and conservation groups.

Complimentary Hot or Cold drink and muffins or cake are provided at the bay.
Pohatu/Flea bay is a working sheep and cattle farm, so sheep to see and to photograph.

This 4 hour tour runs from 12.00 pm to 4.00 pm.

2 hour Nature tour.

This is a great tour for anyone wanting a shorter option to explore the area.
With a 4 wheel drive 9 seater van ride and photo-stops en route you will view Akaroa harbour in its entirety, standing on crater rim at our 700 metre view point, hearing about the history of this beautiful landscape by local guides who have lived here for up to five generations.
Visit Pohatu Bay on the outer coast, panoramic views all the way down, working sheep farm and penguin colony.
This is a chance to get great photos of our friendly pet sheep which you can feed from hand for a real kiwi experience.
Then come with us as we monitor penguin nesting boxes and learn of the conservation work we do in the largest colony of little penguins on mainland New Zealand.
Great opportunity to see penguins and their chicks up close on their nests (Note, penguins are only seen in season).
Guides often point out other native birds and wildlife as we go.
Ideal for people on a day trip in Akaroa, giving you the time to also explore our historic town.

$65 per person
$35 child under 15 years

Please note that this 2 hour tour will only be available on request for the winter months (May to August) and those depending on the penguins presence.
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Check out our Pohatu package

Experience a night right in the middle of the largest Australasian Little Penguin colony on mainland New Zealand! Our cosy Units or authentic colonial Cottage are available to enable you to spend more time at Pohatu/ Flea Bay and free time to relax and explore Pohatu´s many secret places. The accommodation is located within easy walking distance of our beautiful safe sandy beach.



  • Pohatu Package
  • Penguin Tours
  • Sea Kayaking Tours
  • Scenic Nature Tours

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