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Explore Pohatu Marine Reserve of New Zealand with our Sea Kayaking Tours! Rates starting from $85 per adult. Rates: • Early bird kayaking: $85 per adult, $65 child under 15 years old* • 4WD Scenic Sea-kayaking safari: $95 per adult, $65 child under 15 years old* • Bring yourself options: $65 per person What You Can Expect: Explore the outer coast of Pohatu Marine Reserve and marvel at its spectacular towering cliffs, rock stacks, reefs, and deep sea caves. Flea Bay Island and the impressive island arch make an added exciting attraction in settled sea conditions. Observe the diverse wildlife and marine species such as penguins, seals, various sea birds and possibly the world’s smallest dolphin! Best of all, no experience necessary! Trips are only run in settled, safe conditions by experienced and knowledgeable guides. Your safety is our top priority. Tour includes: • Scenic drive by 4WD mini vans • Photos stops along the way with commentary about the area • Fully guided by experienced staff • All gear (life jackets, dry jackets, spray deck, dry bags for cameras...) Sea-kayaking options: Option 1: Early bird kayaking • Departure Time: 8:00am • Tour Length: 3.5 hours total. 1 – 1.5 hours on the water depending upon conditions and wildlife. • Scenic drive included. Option 2: 4WD Scenic Sea-kayaking safari • Departure Time: 12:00pm • Tour Length: 4 hours total. 1 – 1.5 hours on the water depending upon conditions and wildlife. • Scenic drive with photo stops and commentary included. Option 3: Bring yourself • Able to drive yourself for either the Early Bird or Afternoon Kayak. Please call our office so that we can arrange to either meet you in Flea Bay or so you may follow our van from Akaroa. Please Note: The drive to Flea Bay is on a steep, narrow, gravel road with some oncoming traffic; you must be comfortable driving in these conditions and must have a 4WD vehicle. What to bring? • Sunscreen • Sunglasses, hat or both. • Water • Change of clothes (Although we provide waterproof spray jackets, you may still get damp!) • Comfortable, weather-suitable clothing that you don’t mind getting wet. If you have any questions, we can answer those through GetMyBoat’s messaging platform before you pay. Just hit, “Request to Book” and send us an inquiry for a custom offer.
Pohatu penguins is a 100% family owned and operated business offering unique nature tours and sea-kayaking safaris to the largest colony of Little penguins on mainland NZ with over 1250 breeding pairs. See the Little penguins in their natural environment and learn about the self funded conservation work that saved the birds from extinction from the area. We have options for all to enjoy. 2 and 4 hour Scenic nature tours, Evening penguin safari, sea-kayaking or even our 24 hour Pohatu package. Tours leave from our office in Akaroa and your guide will transport you by 4WD mini-van over the crater rim of the long extinct Akaroa volcano to Pohatu/Flea bay where the penguins are. Photo stops along the way and up to 700 meters on the edge of the rim where you can gaze across Akaroa harbour and enjoy stunning views of the endless Pacific Ocean as you learn about the history and unique wildlife of this area.
You’ll get directions to the departure location when you make a booking.
Full refund up to 5 days prior.
If you have young children: 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 allowed no matter sea conditions or personal ability. Please Notify Us ahead of time if you have a child to bring. Following our conversation, if you do decide to book, please bear in mind that the guides on the day will be sole judges if 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. Risk disclosure: Sea kayaking at Pohatu/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. Pohatu penguins/plunge NZ Ltd cannot absolutely guarantee participants’ safety. Pohatu 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. Cancellation Policy Refund policy No refunds within 24 hours of departure. Exceptions are made if operator cancels the activity due to waterway, road or weather conditions (a full refund would be then given). Sea Kayaking If a kayaking trip has to be cancelled before leaving Akaroa due to strong winds or warnings, several options would be offered: Option 1: No further tours. Full Refund. Option 2: Join a 4-hour Full Scenic Nature Tour (same pricing and departure time as afternoon kayaking). Option 3: Join a 2-hour Nature Tour ($65/adult, $35/child – refunded difference, depart at 1:30pm). What if the weather is unpredictable and or variable? We try our best to predict the weather to ensure an enjoyable and safe tour. Sometimes, we won’t know if kayaking is suitable until we reach the bay or the wind has unexpectedly changed. If this is the case there are several options for our kayakers: Option 1: An immediate return with a 50% refund and no further wildlife guiding can be expected to see penguins or other wildlife. Option 2: Join a 4-hour Full Scenic Nature Tour (same pricing and length of time). Option 3: Join a 2-hour Nature Tour ($65/adult, $35/child – refunded difference). Rainy day policy When living in an island nation like New Zealand, the weather us hard to predict and can quickly change; sunny one minute then pouring with rain the next and this even in the middle of summer. Offering outdoor activities, we may sometimes get rained on. We do not cancel our tours due to rainy days; it is just part of experiencing this wild country. In saying that, all of our best wildlife viewing is usually when it's raining, especially on our Evening penguin tours. Just remember to always bring a rain coat to New Zealand, just in case. We all hope for a beautiful sunny day but rain or shine our guides will give you an authentic New Zealand experience. In consideration of the above no refund can be expected in the event of rain. A 10% service charge applies to all other cancellation refunds.