Rotorua Sulphur Point

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
New Zealand Grebe Poliocephalus rufopectus LC resident 1990 179-500 individuals A1, A4i
Black-billed Gull Larus bulleri NT breeding 1951-1955 122-220 breeding pairs 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)
Lake Rotorua (Motutara) Wildlife Refuge 141 protected area overlaps with site 0


Habitat (IUCN level 1) Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland) -
Shrubland -
For more information about the IUCN Habitat classification, please click here.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Rotorua Sulphur Point. Downloaded from on 03/12/2023.