Blue Penguins Pukekura
The Korako Karetai Trust and the Otago Peninsula Trust agreed to establish a joint venture accord to manage the environmental, historical and amenity values of the area known as Takiharuru Pilots Beach at Pukekura Taiaroa Head, in 2008. Part of this accord is to help the Little Blue Penguin colony here to thrive. They’re really something to see, these little guys. Who doesn’t love a penguin? This particular species is actually the smallest species of penguin in existence. After a day at sea, the penguins congregate in groups known as “rafts” not far offshore, where they often can be heard vocalising – usually short, loud squawks. Blue Penguin viewing tours are at dusk when penguins come ashore and make their way to their nests where they feed their chicks or roost. It’s well worth venturing out to see these brilliant animals, and a day out on Harington Point will certainly give you an appetite for your dinner.