Pohatu Package

The package enables you to enjoy all activities Pohatu has to offer plus free time to explore or relax.
Known as the Wildside of Banks Peninsula it is an area that commands more than just a brief visit.
For further details refer to the Scenic Nature Safari and Evening penguin tour.


Tour includes:

  • Scenic 4WD adventure over one of the highest passes on Banks Peninsula
  • Including on demand photo stops
  • Drive through spectacular and dramatic scenery from crater rim to volcanic cliffs and Akaroa Heads Lighthouse Reserve.
  • Visit the beautiful Beech forest of the Tutakakahikura Scenic Reserve. A two and a half hour valley self-guided bush walk can be included along the world famous Banks Peninsula Track past beautiful waterfalls cascading over ancient lava flows to the sea.
  • Experience our conservation projects in action as we monitor penguins and endemic fauna and learn of protection programs.
  • One night's stay on a working sheep station and in the middle of the penguin colony in our cosy self catering ACCOMMODATION within meters from the safe swimming beach.
  • Enjoy our great guided Sea Kayaking experience along the dramatic coastline of Pohatu Marine Reserve with endemic wildlife viewing opportunities (note: weather conditions permitting) - a small additional charge ($25).
  • Guided evening penguin tour to view White-flippered Penguins (in season) - complimentary.
  • We do provide, on request, off road parking for your vehicle while you are enjoying your stay at no charge.
Only $135 per adult and $80 per child.

Group or family 4 or more $105 per person.
Kayaking option connected to package, $25 extra per person.

If Pohatu package guest wish to depart early from their accommodation before the usual departure time (prior to 11.30am) there will be an extra charge of $60 to cover cost and extra driver and van.
This charge is to be paid on the day and may not apply if the extra van is not required. 

Please make sure that you have enough food for the length of your tour (24 or 48 hours). There is no shop at the bay.

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You wish to enjoy the area a bit longer?
Extend your stay with our 48 hr Package option.

The 48 hour option gives you a further 24 hours at Pohatu for just the accommodation price of $90 accommodation unit. This gives you more time to explore the many lovely tracks on the property, more time to get the best conditions for sea kayaking, go for a swim or to simply sit back and soak up the tranquil atmosphere.
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A note for the winter months:

As we are in the process of renovating the accommodations and upgrading facilities, we will have to close our Pohatu package from the 22d of April until the end of August but please trust that we will work tirelessly to have them reopened as early as possible.

All other tours will  of course be running as normal so you can check our Sea-kayaking safari or Full Scenic Nature safari.

We are also joining forces with La Rochelle motel in Akaroa offering a specific package, find out more here.

We're looking forward to hear from you.


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

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8/2 Rue Balguerie, Akaroa
New Zealand
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