Distribution and habitats
Photo: Pete McClelland
The yellow-eyed penguin is the largest of the temperate penguins, living and breeding in the southern regions of New Zealand. Yellow-eyed penguins are distributed from Banks Peninsula south to Stewart Island, and beyond to the subantarctic Auckland and Campbell islands. Juvenile yellow-eyed penguins wander northwards from breeding sites, occasionally dispersing as far as Cook Strait.
The map shows the distribution of the yellow-eyed penguin around New Zealand and its offshore islands.