Adams Island, New Zealand

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Adams Island
Adams Island, to the right of Carnley Harbour
Position relative to New Zealand and other outlying islands
Position relative to New Zealand and other outlying islands
Coordinates 50°52′59.99″S 166°04′59.99″E / 50.8833306°S 166.0833306°E / -50.8833306; 166.0833306
Archipelago Auckland Islands
Area 100 km2 (39 sq mi)
Highest elevation 705 m (2,313 ft)
Highest point Mount Dick[1]
New Zealand
Population 0

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


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.

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

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 August 27, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ BirdLife International. (2012). Important Bird Areas factsheet: Auckland Islands. Downloaded from on 2012-01-23.

External links[edit]

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