You are invited to take as many photographs as you like unless your tour guide asks you not too. Please do not use flash under any circumstances as they may harm the light sensitive eyes of the penguins and can scare them away.
We recommend the use of 400 ISO/ ASA film available in our souvenir shop.
Please stay with your guide at all times and talk as little and as quietly as you can so that you don't frighten the birds. But most importantly, enjoy the penguins!
GENERAL PENGUIN INFO:
Yellow-eyed Penguins (Megadyptes antipodes) were called Hoiho ("noise-shouter") by the Maori. They are 65 - 70cm tall, the third tallest penguin and weigh between 5 and 6 kg. They can reach the age of 20 - 25 years (oldest known penguin was 32 years) but average life expectancy is closer to 12 - 15 years. Yellow-eyed Penguins gain their names from their yellow iris and the characteristic yellow head band. They only live in New Zealand and they are one of the rarest penguins in the world with a total population of about 4000-5000 individuals. About one-quarter of these live on the east coast of the South Island and Stewart Island. Most of them live on Campbell and Auckland Islands, about 600 km to the south. The Yellow-eyed Penguin is different from other penguins in many aspects of its biology and it is the only penguin species that does not become tame. They originally nested in the coastal forest, but their distribution is now restricted to forest remnants and coastal shrubs after extensive logging during the last 150 years.