Scenic 4WD mini-van drive
Fully experienced guides
All gear provided
Start with a ride over to Pōhatu with photo stops and commentary as you go. Once in the bay get set up for the kayaking trip, a safety talk and wildlife code to ensure safe behaviours and get on the water to encounter Pōhatu Marine Reserve resident wildlife.
After the kayaking activity you will have time before the Evening Penguin Tour starts. You can either relax or explore some of the accessible walking tracks through ancient forest.
You will head for a conservation walk and talk and monitor a couple of penguin nesting boxes giving you a good opportunity to see these little guys up close. We hike out to hides on the side of the hills and observe the bay from above to spot penguins that are frequently seen socialising on the water. Just before night fall, we may get lucky and see some coming ashore under the hides. We leave before it gets too dark as this is Penguin Hour and they need to get up the hills to their waiting chicks without disturbance from us.
We prefer that children are at least 8 years of age. All customers are placed in safe, double kayaks and each child will be paired with an adult. Please bear in mind that your guide has the final say as to whether or not it is safe for you and your child to kayak. This can vary depending on sea conditions, personal fitness and kayaking abilities. Toddlers and or infants are NOT allowed regardless of sea conditions or personal ability.
PLEASE NOTIFY US AHEAD OF TIME IF YOU HAVE A CHILD.
Following our conversation, if you do decide to book, please keep in mind that the guides on the day will be sole judges of whether this activity is suitable for your children, depending on weather and sea conditions. If the guides deem this unsuitable a 50% refund will be offered or the option of joining our Full Scenic Nature Safari.
Sea kayaking at Pōhatu/Flea Bay has risks and can be dangerous. The outer-coast of Akaroa harbor is characterised by: remoteness, rapidly changing and sometimes extreme weather and water conditions, cold water and limited kayak landing sites
. Detailed risk management and strict safety procedures are observed, however, there still remains an element of risk. Pōhatu Penguins/Plunge NZ Ltd cannot absolutely guarantee participants’ safety. Pōhatu Penguins/Plunge NZ Ltd accepts its legal responsibilities but cannot be held responsible for personal injury or for loss, theft or damage of/to your equipment outside legal responsibilities.
Clients must listen carefully to and follow guides’ instructions and adhere to safety requirements. In regards of our cancellation policy see the following link: Cancellation policy