Adams Island, New Zealand

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Adams Island
Adams Island, to the right of Carnley Harbour
Position relative to New Zealand and other outlying islands
Coordinates50°52′59.99″S 166°04′59.99″E / 50.8833306°S 166.0833306°E / -50.8833306; 166.0833306
ArchipelagoAuckland Islands
Area100 km2 (39 sq mi)
Highest elevation705 m (2,313 ft)
Highest pointMount Dick[1]
New Zealand

Adams Island is the second largest island of New Zealand's Auckland Islands archipelago.


Map of the Auckland Islands, showing Adams Island to the south of the main island.

The southern end of Auckland Island broadens to a width of 26 km (16 mi) where a narrow channel, known as Carnley Harbour or the Adams Straits, separates it from the roughly triangular Adams Island (area approximately 100 km2 or 39 sq mi), which is even more mountainous, reaching a height of 705 m (2,313 ft) at Mount Dick.[1] The channel is the remnant of the crater of an extinct volcano, with Adams Island, and the southern part of Auckland Island forming the crater rim.

Two large indentations, Bolton's Bay and Fly Harbour, are the most prominent features of the island's south coast, both in the south east.

Important Bird Area[edit]

The island is part of the Auckland Island group Important Bird Area (IBA), identified as such by BirdLife International because of the significance of the group as a breeding site for several species of seabirds as well as the endemic Auckland shag, Auckland teal, Auckland rail and Auckland snipe.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b 70south site Archived 27 August 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ BirdLife International. (2012). Important Bird Areas factsheet: Auckland Islands. Downloaded from on 23 January 2012.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 50°52′59.99″S 166°04′59.99″E / 50.8833306°S 166.0833306°E / -50.8833306; 166.0833306