Beaks and Feathers is a locally owned and operated guiding service on Stewart Island
Species: Megadyptes antipodes
The Yellow-eyed Penguin (Megadyptes antipodes) or Hoiho is a penguin native to New Zealand. Previously thought closely related to the Little Penguin (Eudyptula minor), molecular research has shown it more closely related to penguins of the genus Eudyptes. Like most other penguins, it is mainly piscivorous.
The species breeds around the South Island of New Zealand, as well as Stewart, Auckland, and Campbell Islands. Colonies on the Otago Peninsula are a popular tourist venue, where visitors may closely observe penguins.
South-eastern South Island, Stewart Island and islands nearby, Auckland and Campbell Islands
September to March
Stay close to breeding grounds, some migrate north towards Cook Strait
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See New Zealand with the birding experts
Our private yellow-eyed penguin conservation area provides up close spectacular penguin viewing and excellent viewing of many other pelargic and land based species with small groups on the spectacular Otago Peninsula
To discover New Zealand’s unique bird-life and finest natural wonderlands, contact the specialists in custom designed birding tours for small groups, couples and individuals
Welcome to Penguin Place, home of the Yellow Eyed Penguin Conservation Reserve
A warm current from the Australian Great Barrier Reef flows onto Stewart Island. This brings a much more diverse variety of marine creatures than would normally be found in waters of this latitude, a visit will have you wishing for more
We are passionate about our wildlife and environment. Receive personal attention in small groups from friendly, knowledgeable guides and enjoy tours that are generous in length with descriptive commentary on the behaviour and habits of birds.
Heritage Expeditions is New Zealand's longest established birding travel company
Sails Ashore boutique hosted accommodation & Sails Guided Walks and Tours in a single package offers the very best of Stewart Island and in particular Ulva Island Open Sanctuary
See the "White flippered" (Canterbuy’s own variant of the Little penguin) in their natural environment and learn about our self funded conservation work