Erect-Crested Penguin Sighting

Over the last few days there has been sightings of a Erect-Crested Penguin. It is thought that the last official sighting of one of these individuals was in 2007. 

The erect-crested penguin is one of three similar-looking crested penguins endemic to southern New Zealand (Snares Crested & Fiordland Crested). Its main breeding grounds are on the remote Bounty and Antipodes Islands.

Individual birds are found moulting on the east coast of the South Island most summers and is possibly why this individual is visiting our shores.

Not much is known about this species of penguin but what is known is that they are very beautiful to watch (from a distance). Erect-Crested Penguin info

Erect-Crested Penguin sighted at Kaikōura, New Zealand

Close-up of Erect-Crested Penguin sighted at Kaikōura, New Zealand

Close-up of Erect-Crested Penguin sighted at Kaikōura, New Zealand

 

Please note: These pictures were taken using a zoom lens, it is not recommended to get close to these birds and to keep a safe distance from them. Photo Credit: Viraj Gamage

ROAD ACCESS UPDATE

There is a possibility of short delays with it being 30km/hour through parts of the route. The full rebuild of the highway will continue in 2018. Check the NZTA website for road updates before traveling. INLAND ROUTE 70 IS OPEN 24/7.

ORGANISED TRANSPORT OPTIONS FROM CHRISTCHURCH

Hasslefree ToursCanterbury Leisure Tours & Kaikoura Express have daily services from Christchurch to Kaikōura with a return service from Christchurch. Kiwi Experience now have the option of a day tour out of Christchurch for their travellers. Intercity Bus also provides a bus service between Christchurch and Kaikoura return.

Progress on the work being done on the roads can be found on the dedicated Kaikoura Earthquake Response page provided by the team at NZTA. This page is updated weekly on Fridays. Work is also underway on the railway network, please be aware and take care when using rail crossings.