The Little Penguin (Eudyptula minor) is known in Māori as kororā and is a Tāoka (Treasured) Species for Kai Tahu and a protected native species. The Little Penguin in New Zealand is locally known as the Little Blue Penguin (Kororā).


The kororā, (Little Blue Penguin) found here at Takiharuru-Pilots Beach breeds on the New Zealand and Australian mainland and islands.

  • Kororā are the world’s smallest penguin at 25-45cm in height
  • They weigh around one kilo on average.
  • The average age of kororā in our colony is seven years, but the oldest recorded was 25 years.
  • There are around 600,000 kororā in the world today, and the numbers living in New Zealand are in decline.

Takiharuru-Pilots Beach is one of the main kororā breeding areas in mainland Otago.