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Scenic Nature Safari
Come with us on a 4WD safari to the spectacular, award-winning Wildside Conservation area! Discover the area’s rich history, native flora and fauna and Pōhatu’s unique penguin conservation program.
Our wildlife Nature Safaris offer stunning views of Akaroa Harbour, the outer coast, farm land and hillsides covered in Native forest.
You will be greeted by the farm’s rare breeds of friendly pet sheep and see Kororā/White-Flippered penguins as we monitor nesting sites. If you’re lucky, you may even get the chance to see some of our rehabilitation efforts such as supplemental feedings and swim therapy.*
We have 2 options: a 2 hour Nature tour or our Half day scenic Nature safari.
Option 1: 2 hour Nature tour
Ideal for people on a day trip in Akaroa and family with young children!
This 2 hour nature tour gives you the chance to learn more about Pōhatu Penguins while still having time to explore our historic town. Everything mentioned above is included in the 2-hour tour.
An interesting educational experience to learn about penguins and conservation.
Option 2: Half day Scenic Nature Safari
If you want to truly discover the majestic outer-coast of Banks Peninsula and its unique wildlife then join our half day nature tour option.
*Most rehabilitation occurs mid-November through mid-February and depending on the day only shown to people on a Full Scenic Nature Safari to limit crowding the penguins.
Please see Penguin Season Table for an annual timeline of when and what you can see.