You will find below all businesses that have teamed up to be part of this fantastic journey and see one of the 50 penguin statue displayed here in Akaroa.
"Akaroa Business Collective trail and treats"
Once in Akaroa, follow the "Akaroa Business Collective Trail" and follow our friend
You can visit each shop and receive each of their reward, meaning that it is not just one but up to 6 rewards that you can collect.
Read below to find out where and what all rewards are. They are ranging from $15 off to $100 gift with purchase.
Find out each of their rewards:
Join any of our tours and receive and instant 10% discount.
Plus for every children
an extra free Pohatu penguin sticker.
|Black Cat Cruises
Jump on one of our boat, either for a harbour cruise or swimming with dolphin and receive a 10% discount.
|Blue Pearl Gallery
For any gold purchases –
Blue Pearls, black pearls or opals set in gold, or simply a gold chain, antique pieces and more - a gift of up to $100 from our Paua Shell jewellery selection.
And for any silver purchases –
Blue Pearls or Paua Shell jewellery, 10% off.
Note that any variations within that will be at the discretion of our team.
|Akaroa Waterfront Motel
Mention "akaroapenguintrail" and receive a $15 discount per night on your next stay with us, when you book direct.
Or if you are already staying with us at the Akaroa Waterfront Motels, get a 1 hour kayak or bike hire for free.
Mention that you have been visiting Akaroa for the penguin trail and for any purchase in the service station shop you will receive a floating keyring.
|Akaroa Criterion Motel
For the length of the trail, we will be offering you a 15% discount on our normal room rate.
But wait there's more!
On top of those rewards we will be running a competition with 2 draws, one on the 2d of January 2020 and the second one on the 2d of February 2021.
The "Akaroa Business Collective" will be gathering and vote for the most original and meaningful photo so put your thinking cap on, visit Akaroa and be creative.
Share your photos on the app and use the Hashtag #akaroapenguintrail and you'll get in to win one of those great packages.
Prizes are 2 packages "Escape to Akaroa" for 2 adults and up to 2 children:
|Package 1 includes:
A night at the Akaroa Waterfront motel, a family pass on a Harbour cruise to encounter dolphins with Black Cat cruises and $100 MTA voucher from the Akaroa Motor Garage.
|Package 2 includes:
A night at the Criterion motel, an evening penguin tour or sea-kayaking safari with Pohatu penguins and a Silver pendant on Black cord specifically designed for French Fest by Blue Pearl Gallery.
||Black Cat Cruises
||Blue Pearl Gallery
|Akaroa Waterfront Motel
||Akaroa Motor Garage
||Akaroa Criterion Motel
Want to learn more about each participating businesses?
Black Cat Cruises are recognised as New Zealand’s first eco-tourism operator. They were the very first to offer cruises in Akaroa back in 1985 and today they offer a variety of wonderful experiences including their Akaroa Nature Cruises, along with Swimming With Dolphins in Akaroa Harbour, and trips to explore both Quail Island and Ripapa Island in Lyttelton Harbour.
Located on the Water edge of the harbour, the Akaroa Waterfront motels, offers 24 self-contained units (14 absolute waterfront) from studio to 3 bedroom units, to accommodate everybody: from the romantic escape to the family holiday. Surrounding by nature and garden, you will relax listening to the birds or watching the tide going in out, and if you are lucky even spotting a dolphin. Outdoor giant games, bikes hire, kayaks hire and onsite gym complete the picture perfect. Right in the town center, you will be able to walk around and enjoy shops, restaurants, bakerie and cafes within 5 minutes. We offer a friendly service; clean units and we can help with your tours’ booking. What are you waiting for? Book direct now on www.akaroawaterfront.co.nz or by phone on 033047484. (remember when you book direct you get better deals, better communication and better cancellation facilities)
And our tip: book more than 1 night to avoid disappointment ;)
Welcome to our family business and ‘Home’ of the Blue Pearl. We are located on the Main Wharf, just 6km from the original Blue Pearl Farm, right here in Akaroa harbour.
Watch as our Master Craftsman Jewellers, Jack and Kaz, – with over 75 years’ experience between them – handcraft New Zealand’s largest selection of Blue Pearls. Then learn about the story of the unique Blue Pearl process in our information room.
Our Gallery also features special jewellery pieces in Baltic Amber, Tahitian Black Pearls, Greenstone, a unique handmade collection, antiques and so much more.
We can bring your old jewellery back to life – bring in your old gold and precious stones and we can redesign and create a piece that is only limited by your imagination!
OPENING HOURS: Wednesday to Sunday, 10am-430pm
We are Akaroa’s local garage, our community is at the heart of what we do and we always do our best to be here to help! From fuel, to our mechanical workshop, to some lollies for the drive back to Christchurch, we do our best to have what you need and make sure you leave with a smile!
Sometimes we wish we could spend our days working with our special Hectors dolphins, or ………penguins or providing beautiful food gifts and accommodation to our visitors BUT we know that without the garage all of these wonderful people would not be able to do what they do. So we think supporting them is pretty cool!
We are lucky to live on our beautiful peninsula and to be surrounded by amazing wildlife. We hope you enjoy touring around our town on the penguin trail and look forward to meeting you in the garage!
12 Studio Apartments perched close to the waterfront with spectacular views of Daly's Wharf and the Akaroa Harbour. The perfect location for a Banks Peninsula getaway with all the best cuisine, experiences and shopping right at your door.
With a stunning location overlooking the sparkling Akaroa Harbour, The Akaroa Criterion Maison Par Quay is your ideal accommodation for a relaxing visit to one of the South Islands most picturesque towns. Centrally located in Akaroa township, you are surrounded by the best cuisine, activities and shopping on offer.
Our motel offers a selection of rooms with either a balcony or a patio and most with harbour views. All rooms include a flat-screen TV, super king beds, a private bathroom and free unlimited WIFI.
Pohatu Penguins is a family-run business with a long-standing history of protecting the Korora (Little Penguin). The colony survival is accredited to Shireen and Francis Helps who have cared for the penguins for 30+ years.
When the Helps first began their conservation work the penguins faced massive challenges that threatened their very existence. These challenges included predation via introduced predators such as dogs, cats, ferrets and stoats, gill net fishing and other human disturbances. Colonies around Banks Peninsula declined at an alarming rate and most disappeared altogether. Through predator trapping, monitoring, rehabilitation and immense dedication the Helps have stabilized the Pohatu Colony - and it continues to grow! In addition to their penguin conservation work the Helps family have also, for many years, protected native forests and other endemic species. Their work helped found the award-winning Wildside Conservation Project.
Their efforts continue to be fully self-funded via Pohatu Penguins’ tours. When purchasing a tour, clients have a positive input on our little Korora.
Many tour options to see and experience this thriving Little penguin colony with over 1200 breeding pairs include Evening penguin tour, Nature tours, Sea-kayaking safaris, Hiking or a 24-hour package with a night in the middle of the colony.