Milford Sound Piopiotahi

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
Fiordland Penguin Eudyptes pachyrhynchus NT breeding 1990-2012 105-305 breeding pairs A1, A4ii

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)
Te Wahipounamu – South West New Zealand World Heritage Site (natural or mixed) 2,600,000 protected area contains site 0
Piopiotahi Marine Reserve 729 protected area is adjacent to site 0
Fiordland National Park National Park 1,278,214 protected area overlaps with site 65


Habitat (IUCN level 1) Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Marine Coastal/Supratidal -
Forest -
Shrubland -
Marine Intertidal -
For more information about the IUCN Habitat classification, please click here.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Milford Sound Piopiotahi. Downloaded from on 26/09/2023.