Pohatu penguins awards and Certifications

Department of Conservation

Pohatu penguins was one of the first operator to apply and receive a concession from the Department of Conservation allowing them to interact with wildlife.

SMART certification

Standing for Sustainable Marine Mammal Actions in Recreation and Tourism, it is a voluntary program aiming at promoting good behaviour around marine mammals.
Find more information on http://www.doc.govt.nz/smartoperator
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Outdoors mark/Skills Active

Pohatu Penguins is safety certified through OutdoorsMark. We are Adventure Activity Safety Certified for sea-kayaking and a Premium Safety Operator for all other tours.
For more information visitwww.skillsactive.org.nz

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Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence

Pohatu penguins has been awarded certificates of Excellence since 2014.

Aoraki conservation award for penguin conservation


Balance heritage restoration award

For balancing farming with conservation.

Community service award for conservation

For the protection of penguins and other biodiversity.

The Visitor Solutions Environmental Leadership Award

Pohatu penguins was nominated for this award in 2016 for its contribution and dedication to save the Little penguins around Banks Peninsula.
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NZI Sustainable Business Network award 2018

The Awards recognise and celebrate success in sustainability.  
In 2018 Pohatu penguins was a finalist in 2 categories:
- Restoring Nature and
- Communicating for Change

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New Zealand Tourism Guide Gold Membership

New Zealand Tourism Guide Gold Membership


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

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