Hirakimata Kotuku Peninsula

IBA Justification

The site was identified as important in 2014 because it was regularly supporting significant populations of the species listed below, meeting ('triggering') IBA criteria.

Populations meeting IBA criteria ('trigger species'):
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) Population estimate at site IBA criteria met
Brown Teal Anas chlorotis NT resident - present A1
Cook's Petrel Pterodroma cookii VU breeding - 35-74 breeding pairs A1
Black Petrel Procellaria parkinsoni VU breeding 1960-2013 1,379-2,197 breeding pairs A1, A4ii
New Zealand Kaka Nestor meridionalis VU resident - present A1

The current IUCN Red List category may differ from that which was valid at the time of IBA criteria assessment (2014).

IBA Protection

Protected area (PA) PA designation PA area (ha) Relationship of PA with IBA Overlap of PA with IBA (ha)
Kotuku Point Scenic Reserve 69 protected area contained by site 69
Hirakimata/Kaitoke Swamp area Ecological Area 1,088 protected area overlaps with site 0
Harataonga Scenic Reserve 265 protected area overlaps with site 0
Great Barrier Forest Stewardship Area 7,970 protected area contains site 1,194
Great Barrier Forest Stewardship Area 399 protected area overlaps with site 399
Aotea Conservation Park 12,895 protected area overlaps with site 0


Habitat (IUCN level 1) Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Rocky areas (eg. inland cliffs, mountain peaks) Inland cliffs, Scree & boulders -
Forest -
Shrubland -
Artificial/Terrestrial Improved grassland & pasture, Perennial crops, orchards & groves -
Marine Intertidal -
For more information about the IUCN Habitat classification, please click here.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Hirakimata Kotuku Peninsula. Downloaded from on 02/10/2023.