We have one of the greatest numbers of different types of seabirds within a small area than anywhere along the New Zealand Coastline.
The list of seabirds below has been sighted off the Kaikoura Coast, mainly in an area from Kaikoura Peninsula south to a distance of 17 miles off the Conway River mouth.
One of the reasons for such a large number of different types of seabirds in Kaikoura is the presence of the deepwater Kaikoura Canyon which approaches within a kilometre of the shoreline in Goose Bay, south of the Kaikoura Peninsula. Upwellings of cold nutrient rich water over the shallower coastal waters produce and sustain a vibrant food chain supporting a large variety of fish species, marine mammals and seabirds. Click on the links below for more information on each bird species.
Recent Bird Sightings
Kaikoura is one of New Zealand's top birding destinations. The wonderful array of seabirds just offshore are the jewel in the crown with five varieties of Great Albatross, smaller Lesser Albatross, Shearwaters, Petrel and several other seabird species such as Shags, Prions, Penguins, Gulls and Terns.