Irahuka Long Point is located along The Catlins coastline. The Yellow Eyed Penguin Trust (YEPT) protects a 12 km stretch of this coastline.

Within this reserve is a prime yellow eyed penguin (Hoiho) nesting habitat, as well as New Zealand fur seals, sea lions and a number of sea bird species.

Annual monitoring of hoiho breeding is undertaken by the YEPT and volunteers. 

This reserve is open to the public. 

Please note: Dogs are forbidden from entering the reserve at all times.

Are you interested in helping at the YEPT reserve? Book a Nature Tour with Earthlore Nature Tours and Activities

The best way to watch hoiho is with a commercial operator. This way you can get all of the inside knowledge and ensure that you have minimum impact on the birds. Book a Sunrise Tour with Catlins Tours.

Click here for more information at the YEPT


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