Ka Whata Tu o Rakihouia/Kaikoura

Site description (2014 baseline):

Key biodiversity

IBA Trigger Species: Hutton's Shearwater, Spotted Shag, Black-fronted Tern, Black-billed Gull, Kea.

Besides the trigger species the following are confirmed or likely to be breeding or resident are: Little Penguin, Pied Shag, Little Shag, White-faced Heron, Reef Heron, Southern Black-backed Gull, Red-billed Gull, Caspian Tern, White-fronted Tern, Canada Goose, Paradise Shelduck, Mallard, Australasian Harrier, NZ Falcon, South Island Pied Oystercatcher, Variable Oystercatcher, Pied Stilt, Banded Dotterel, Spur-winged Plover, NZ Pigeon, Shining Cuckoo, Morepork, NZ Kingfisher, South Island Rifleman, Welcome Swallow, NZ Pipit, Grey Warbler, South Island Fantail, South Island Tomtit, NZ Robin, Silvereye, Bellbird, Tui, Californian Quail, Skylark, Blackbird, Song Thrush, Cirl Bunting, Yellowham-mer, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Redpoll, House Sparrow, Starling, Australian Magpie.

Other species recorded: Yellow-eyed Penguin, Eastern Bar-tailed Godwit, Turnstone, Siberian Tattler, Asiatic Whimbrel.

Habitat and land use

NB: Large areas of the IBA are identified as ‘flyways’ for Hutton’s Shearwaters flying to and from their colonies in the Seaward Kaikoura Range. For this reason , areas of farmland, low-lying land and the township are not included in the habitat description.

Pressure/threats to key biodiversity

Protected areas

Kaikoura Peninsula - Conservation Area - Protected area contained within site

Ka Whata Tu o Rakihouia - Conservation Park - Protected area overlaps with site

Mount Uerau (Uwerau) - Nature Reserve - Protected area contained within site

Mount Manakau - Scenic Reserve - Protected area contained within site

Jordon Stream - Scenic Reserve - Protected area overlaps site

Kaikoura Peninsula - Scenic Reserve - Protected area contained within site

Riley's Lookout - Nature Reserve - Protected area contained within site

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Ka Whata Tu o Rakihouia/Kaikoura. Downloaded from on 24/09/2023.