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 (2 to 15): $80
  • Group of 4 or more per adult: $125
  • Additional night $90 per sleeping quarter
  • Have your own 4WD vehicle? Prices start at $55 per adult. 

Departure time

12.00pm in summer and 11.15am from May to August


24 to 48 hours

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Te Wepu-intrepid pod retreats

In just over an hour from Christchurch, you will find your perch above one of the most tranquil bays on Canterbury’s magnificent Banks Peninsula. Far from the tour bus hoards, you’ll sink in to a steaming wood-fired hot tub under an abundance of stars and, if you choose, you can even enjoy sumptuous local fare delivered to your door.

Although you’ll be a 15-minute walk from the nearest road - in the midst of a working cattle farm - you’ll sleep on real beds in double-glazed, New Zealand-made pods; more solid than canvas, much more romantic than an ordinary hotel room.  

If you’re an adventurous soul – whether travelling in a small group, on an adventure for two or flying solo – and you want an idyllic spot in which to stop, relax, read and breathe in the silence, Te Wepu is just the place.

Your hosts Kate and Richie Bocock have a background in farming in various parts of New Zealand, and are now happy to be settled next to the sea. They feel privileged to have taken on this storied patch of paradise. With their family, they have worked hard to create a unique experience for New Zealanders and foreign tourists alike.

Kate and Richie want you to have a special and unforgettable experience, so they’ll work with you to establish key details such as your arrival time (so the tub can be hot!) and whether you’ll be wanting one of Kate’s legendary Te Wepu hampers (hot tip: you do!!).

To fully appreciate the Te Wepu experience we recommend you take the 20-30 minute hike, through a Rhododendron dell and a Walnut grove, alongside the Te Wepu stream, and finish with a short intrepid climb through farmland to your Pod. This does require sturdy shoes and a sense of adventure.

Alternatively, we will take the 4WD, with your bags, up to your Pod. Given enough warning you will arrive to a warm hot tub – an abundance of firewood will make it easy for you to keep it hot!

 Your hosts Kate and Richie do ask that you check-in and out during daylight hours - the pods are off a farm track and there are no street lights up there!!

Once you are at your Pod, you can either prepare and cook your food that you've bought yourself, on the BBQ that is provided. Or you have arrived to one of Kate's hampers (some basic cooking skills are still required but it is as simple as turning the BBQ on and flipping a steak).  Kate's hamper can be ordered at the time of booking.

On the morning of check-out, your hosts will bring the 4x4 to collect you and your luggage or you can wander back down the marked track in your own time and meet your bags at the carpark.


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