A THRIVING HABITAT FOR WILDLIFE

 

HECTORS DOLPHINS

Only found in the south island of New Zealand at around 1.4 meters the hectors dolphin is one of the smallest, the most prominent feature is the round dorsal fin and their white black and grey colouring, these are playful dolphins which are under threat from extinction but commonly seen in the banks peninsular area.

 

WHITE FLIPPERED PENGIUNS

The white flippered penguin is unique to the Canterbury coastline, believed to be a subspecies of the little penguin they stand around 30cm tall and weigh around 1.5kg. These penguins differ from the norm with them feeding at night and staying in the colony during the day. The best time to see these penguins during Volos operating season are December, January/February.

 

NEW ZEALAND FUR SEAL

Growing up to 2 meters in length and around 130kg the NZ fur seal is commonly seen around NZ lazing about rocks on coastal waters. Able to dive to depths around 380 meters and for up to 15 minutes they are the best divers out of the fur seal species.

 

WHALES

Although not common we sometimes see pods of orca whales around the banks peninsular area, growing up to 8 metres in length and up to 5.5 tonnes in weight, these are truly magnificent to view in an open environment.

 

SHAGS

Up to 1/3 of the world’s species of shags are found in NZ, both on rocks with their wings stretched out drying and in the water they are commonly seen around banks peninsular, shags dive and chase their pray underwater where they can go vast amounts of time without air.