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Fiordland Crested Penguin


Eudyptes pachyrhynchus

When I first arrived on Stewart Island in 1969, Fiordland Crested’s were known only around Codfish Island and in Port Pegasus.  A French couple I had out fishing claimed o have seen one near Bench Island maybe 35 years ago, a claim I frankly doubted at the time. But in hindsight they were probably correct, as numbers have steadily increased in recent years with many breeding pairs located, one quite close to the village, but most on the off shore Island in front of Halfmoon Bay> the distinctive crest above the eye easily distinguishes it from Yellow Eyed, and they lack the gape of the otherwise similar Snares Crested Penguins.

Size 710 mm

Fiordland Crested Penguin

Fiordland Crested Penguin

Fiordland Crested Penguin


Fiordland Crested Penguin

Juvenile, just fledged

Fiordland Crested Penguin

Stewart Island Electricity is generated using diesel fuel

Sails Ashore is Solar Powered

 But we now produce 100 % of our electrical needs, and are completely "Off Grid", Excess electricity is used to heat our domestic hot water and central heating system and this has cut our non renewable heating fuel usage to around 20% of pre solar.. All cooking is electric, no more LPG.  See More .......

Kowhai Lane is also Solar powered,

Kowhai Lane is "Grid Tied" Excess production is used to heat water. Production beyond the house requirements is exported, thus cutting diesel use in the wider grid. At night Kowhai Lane Lodge receives power from the grid.

Like Sails Ashore, all cooking is electric,,,,, No LPG



Sails Ashore, Kowhai Lane & Sails Tours

11 View Street,
Stewart Island, 9846

+64 3 219 1151
Email: tait@sailsashore.co.nz
Web: www.sailsashore.co.nz