Perhaps the world’s rarest penguins and the world’s most ancient with just a few thousand in total, so to spot these endangered penguins is a real treat!
The Yellow Eyed Penguin known as a Hoiho in Maori is so iconic it features on the Kiwi $5 dollar note.
The world’s smallest penguins are found all along the Catlins coast nesting in caves and burrows. They fish close to shore and come in after dark and go out before dawn so can be tricky to see.
New Zealand sea lions are most endangered and threatened in the world.
These large earless seals take their name from the male or bull’s nose which looks like an elephant’s trunk. It is used to make load roaring noises especially during the mating season and is handy for saving water.
Exceptional males can be up to 6 metres long and 4,000 kg! Even the pups can be 80 pounds and 4 foot long when they are born. Our Southern species are bigger than those up North.
Ancient Podocarps rule the Catlins Conservation Area with Rimu, Matai, Totara and Kahikatea with other species like Kamahi and Rata.
Silver Beech are found further inland.