Penguins are fascinating creatures, aren’t they? Their manners and habits are unparalleled, not to mention their cuteness. Penguins are found in the southern half of the world. You can see penguins in the Antarctic, South Africa and most popularly in New Zealand.
There are three different kinds of penguins in New Zealand. They are bred by the ecological departments of the country. New Zealand Tourism Department allows New Zealand Visa holders to visit the national parks to observe and mingle with the penguins.
Kinds of penguins found
New Zealand has three kinds of penguins- the little blue penguins or the Korora, the Hoiko or the yellow eyed penguins and the Fiordland Crested penguins.
The Kororas are the world’s smallest penguins and they come out at night. You can see them wade by the shore.
The Hoikos have a bright yellow band around their eyes. They have been termed to be endangered because of the loss in their habitat. Farmlands, introduction of predators and poor breeding in recent times have led to their dwindled numbers.
The Fiodland Crested Penguins or Tawaki make their nest deep in rainforests.
Where to find them?
For penguin lovers, there are a number of places that the New Zealand Tourism Department have marked for observing penguins.
The Korora breed can be found in the Marlborough Sounds, Akaroa Harbour Stewart Island and Oamaru. You need to visit at night to see them.
The Hoiko type is found in the Otago peninsula, south of Dunedin, just along the South Otago Coast.
Lastly, the Tawaki class can be found in the rainforests of Stewart Islands and Fiordland.
So what makes you wait? Apply for your New Zealand Visa and be off to play with the cute penguins!