Environment

Kaikōura is home to many special plants, birds and landscapes.

This unique biodiversity helps keep our air clear, our water clean, and provide fuel, food, education, medicine and recreation for our local residents and visitors.

Council is proud to be working with our community to protect our wildlife and land and make sure our district’s environment has a sustainable future.

 

This page contains information about Kaikōura's biodiversity, Council's environmental work, how you can get involved and news/updates about our environment. 

Get in touch with Council's biodiversity officer Kate Hunt for more information about any of these project.

Biodiversity


New Zealand’s Biodiversity is unique and a large number of our species can be found nowhere else in the World.

In Kaikōura, there is a wide range of important native species and ecosystems. Kaikōura is well-known for its NZ fur seals, whales and dolphins. It is also home to twelve native lizard species including the unusual black-eyed gecko and almost a quarter of the native plant species in the country. The last two surviving colonies of Hutton’s Shearwater breed here along with 30 other indigenous bird species.

Find out more about our Biodiversity here.

Council's Environmental Work


Council is proud to be working with our community to protect our wildlife and land and make sure our district’s environment has a sustainable future.

There are a number of Council led environmental programmes that are aimed to help our community members increase and protect our district's biodiversity.

Find out more about Council's environmental programmes here.

Get involved - community groups and initiatives


A number of local groups and initiatives are doing great things to protect and manage the environment in Kaikōura. 

From helping to protect the Hutton's Shearwater's, protecting seals at Point Keen or planting a tree to offset carbon, there are lots of different ways you can get involved and do your bit to help out precious environment. 

Find out about local groups here, including how to get in touch with them.

Community environmental news and updates


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21 September 2018