Farmstays & Rural

Want to live like a local? Akaroa and The Bays have a number of rural and farmstay options to provide a real Kiwi farming experience.

Pohatu Penguin 24 hours Package

Have it all included in our overnight stay in our historic and cosy private rooms in the middle of the largest colony of Little penguin colony on mainland New Zealand! Enjoy scenic drive with photo opportunities, short walk, many wildlife and the safe swimming beach just outside your door or explore the surrounding and secluded landscape o Pohatu bd marine reserve.

Complementary evening penguin tour in season, discounted sea-kayaking and an opportunity to walk the beautiful bush and waterfall section of the well-known Banks Track. Visit to the spectacular cliff-tops of the Akaroa Heads Lighthouse Reserve.

At night gaze up and see the milky and wake up to the sound of birdsong, sheep and the sea.

Pohatu Penguins is a family-run business with a long-standing history of protecting the Korora (Little Penguin) for 30+ years. So, when purchasing a tour, you have a positive input on our little Korora.

Small group tours run from Akaroa over one of the most scenic back country roads by 4WD van to Pohatu/ Flea Bay and Pohatu marine reserve, a beautiful sheltered bay out on the wild south eastern corner of Banks Peninsula and home to the largest Little Penguin Colony on mainland New Zealand with over 2000 penguins breeding there

What You Need to Bring

  • Food for 24-48 hours depending on package selection.
  • Warm clothing for the evening.
  • If kayaking, clothes you don’t mind getting wet. Water shoes are not necessary.
  • Hiking boots/shoes or athletic shoes for the bush walk.

What we provide

  • Access to facilities (toilet, shower, BBQ and a fully equipped communal kitchen)
  • Linen
  • Towel
  • Tea, coffee
  • All safety gear for the sea-kayaking

Our sleeping units are private

  • Penguin cottage (3 bedrooms, sleeping for 7)
  • Gipsy cabin (queen bed)
  • Fantail room (queen and a single bed)
  • Tree house (3 single beds)

Prices for 24-hour experience

  • Adult: $150
  • Child (5 to 15): $80
  • Infant (2 to 4): $80
  • Group of 4 or more per adult: $120

Departure time

12.00pm in summer and 11.15am from May to August

Length

24 to 48 hours

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Association we belong to 

DOC Approved label 180  Logo3  SMART  Outdoors Mark  Sustainability tourism

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Kawatea Farmstay

Escape to Okains Bay, one of Banks Peninsulas unique and beautiful bays. Kawatea is a gracious historic homestead set in mature gardens, surrounded by 1500 acres of coastal land farmed by the family for five generations. Enjoy the secluded beaches with panoramic views and excellent swimming and walking opportunities. Learn about Maori culture and the life of the early settlers at the acclaimed Okains Bay museum. Join us in the evening for creative country fare from our garden whilst sharing experiences with fellow travellers.

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