Scenic Nature Tours

Scenic Nature Tours

Scenic 4WD mini-van drive
Photo opportunities
Fully experienced guides
Scenic Nature Safari

Come with us on a 4WD safari to the spectacular, award-winning Wild Side Conservation area! Learn about the area’s rich history, native flora and fauna and Pohatu’s unique penguin conservation program. Our Nature Safaris offer stunning views of Akaroa Harbour, the outer coast, farm land and forested hillsides. Be greeted by the farm’s, friendly pet sheep and see 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.*

Option 1: 2 hour Nature tour
Departure time


Child under 15 years old*


Ideal for people on a day trip in Akaroa! Gives you the chance to learn more about Pohatu Penguins while still having time to explore our historic town. Everything mentioned above is included in the 2-Hour tour.

Option 2: Full Scenic Nature Safari (4 hour)
Departure time
12pm Summer / 11.15am Winter
A cup of tea and a muffin/slice of cake



5 - 15 years*



2 - 4 years*


Family 2 adult and 2 children


  • Enjoy all the above PLUS…
  • A visit to the spectacular cliff-tops of Akaroa Heads Lighthouse Reserve.
  • A visit of the beautiful red beech forest of Tutakakahikura Scenic Reserve. (optional)
  • More time to see native wildlife and to explore Flea Bay.
  • Complimentary tea, coffee and home-made baked goods!

*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 penguins.

Please see Penguin Season Table for an annual timeline of when and what you can see.

Pohatu Penguins - Spherical Image - RICOH THETA
Check out also our 24 hour Pohatu package 

Experience a night right in the middle of the largest Australasian Little Penguin colony on mainland New Zealand! Our cosy units are available to enable you to spend more time at Pohatu Bay and free time to relax and explore Pohatu´s many secret places. The accommodation is located within easy walking distance of our beautiful safe sandy beach.