Rabbit Island, New Zealand

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Rabbit Island
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Location of Rabbit Island.
Geography
Location Tasman Bay[1]
Coordinates 41°16′15″S 173°08′51″E / 41.2709°S 173.1476°E / -41.2709; 173.1476
Area 15 km2 (5.8 sq mi)
Length 8 km (5 mi)
Country
Demographics
Population 0

Rabbit Island is the name of several different islands off the New Zealand coast.

The largest and best-known Rabbit Island lies across the southernmost part of Tasman Bay,[1] at the top of New Zealand's South Island. The long narrow island runs east-west for 8 kilometres (5 mi), and covers 15 km2 (5.8 sq mi).

It lies opposite the mouth of the Waimea River, 7 kilometres (4.3 mi) to the west of Richmond and was formed about 7000 years ago as several barrier islands accumulated near the mouth of the Waimea River. There is evidence of Maori occupation for over 800 years. The original vegetation comprised tussock, manuka scrub and totara forest further inland.[2]

Beach on Rabbit Island near Nelson

The Rabbit Island Recreational Reserve contains three islands, Rabbit Island, Rough Island and Bird Island, and became a public reserve in 1908. Rabbit Island, with its long, safe swimming beach is a popular beach resort to the residents of Motueka, Wakefield, Brightwater, Richmond, Mapua, Stoke and Nelson itself.

A medium-sized causeway spans a tidal area and joins the mainland to Rabbit Island itself. There is a large grassed area after this bridge and a Fire Hazard sign ("Keep it Green"). Large areas of the relatively flat islands are covered in pine plantation forest. The beach proper contains vast and mountainous sand dunes topped with masses of cone-bearing pines, with exposed roots, extending for long distances along the island.

The Tasman's Great Taste Trail, a cycleway running from Richmond to Motueka, runs through Rabbit Island. There is also a newly established equestrian area. The reserve area is closed to the public from dusk to 5am.

Coordinates: 41°16′15″S 173°08′51″E / 41.2709°S 173.1476°E / -41.2709; 173.1476

Others islands with the same name[edit]

The other Rabbit Islands are smaller than 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi) or 100 ha (250 acres). They are located (north to south):

  1. inside Whangarei Habour, Northland Region [3] 35°47′20″S 174°20′51″E / 35.7888°S 174.3475°E / -35.7888; 174.3475
  2. just west of Great Barrier Island, Hauraki Gulf [4] 36°08′52″S 175°18′50″E / 36.1477°S 175.3140°E / -36.1477; 175.3140
  3. to the west of Kawau Island, north of Auckland [5] 36°24′53″S 174°47′36″E / 36.4146°S 174.7932°E / -36.4146; 174.7932
  4. off the east coast of the Coromandel Peninsula, in Opito Bay [6] 36°42′49″S 175°49′04″E / 36.7137°S 175.8177°E / -36.7137; 175.8177
  5. off the east coast of the Coromandel Peninsula, near Slipper Island [7] 37°04′17″S 175°55′38″E / 37.0713°S 175.9272°E / -37.0713; 175.9272
  6. officially known as Motuotau Island, north of Tauranga, off the beach east of Mount Maunganui [8] 37°37′52″S 176°11′38″E / 37.6311°S 176.1940°E / -37.6311; 176.1940
  7. Rabbit Island, a six-hectare islet close to Pitt Island in the Chatham Islands 44°14′24″S 176°16′54″E / 44.2400°S 176.2817°E / -44.2400; 176.2817
  8. inside the entrance to Blueskin Bay, north of Dunedin 45°43′52″S 170°35′27″E / 45.7311°S 170.5907°E / -45.7311; 170.5907
  9. south of Riverton, in Foveaux Strait
  10. near the centre of Bluff Harbour, Southland Region [9] 46°34′05″S 168°19′50″E / 46.5680°S 168.3305°E / -46.5680; 168.3305

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Place Name Detail: Rabbit Island (50544)". New Zealand Geographic Placenames Database. Land Information New Zealand. Retrieved 2009-03-28. 
  2. ^ Information contained on an information panel near the beach on Rabbit Island
  3. ^ "Place Name Detail: Rabbit Island (35736)". New Zealand Geographic Placenames Database. Land Information New Zealand. Retrieved 2009-03-28. 
  4. ^ "Place Name Detail: Rabbit Island (38660)". New Zealand Geographic Placenames Database. Land Information New Zealand. Retrieved 2009-03-28. 
  5. ^ "Place Name Detail: Rabbit Island (53108)". New Zealand Geographic Placenames Database. Land Information New Zealand. Retrieved 2009-03-28. 
  6. ^ "Place Name Detail: Rabbit Island (40315)". New Zealand Geographic Placenames Database. Land Information New Zealand. Retrieved 2009-03-28. 
  7. ^ "Place Name Detail: Rabbit Island (126198)". New Zealand Geographic Placenames Database. Land Information New Zealand. Retrieved 2009-03-28. 
  8. ^ "Place Name Detail: Motuotau Island". New Zealand Geographic Placenames Database. Land Information New Zealand. Retrieved 2009-03-28. 
  9. ^ "Place Name Detail: Rabbit Island (4685)". New Zealand Geographic Placenames Database. Land Information New Zealand. Retrieved 2009-03-28.