Anchor Island

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Anchor Island
Puke Nui (Māori)
Nickname: Kakapo Island
Anchor Island is located in New Zealand
Anchor Island
Anchor Island
LocationDusky Sound
Coordinates45°45′30″S 166°31′0″E / 45.75833°S 166.51667°E / -45.75833; 166.51667Coordinates: 45°45′30″S 166°31′0″E / 45.75833°S 166.51667°E / -45.75833; 166.51667
Area11.37 km2 (4.39 sq mi)[1]
Highest elevation417 m (1,368 ft)

Anchor Island (Māori: Puke Nui) is an island in Dusky Sound in Fiordland.[2]

Anchor Island (Puke Nui) - from the East

The island is situated southwest of the much larger Resolution Island in the inlet area of Dusky Sound and surrounded by many smaller islands and contains four small lakes, including Lake Kirirua, the largest lake on an island in Fiordland.[3]

The island is part of the Fiordland National Park and since 2005 is one of few island sanctuaries that are home to the critically endangered kakapo (or night parrot).

Red deer and stoats had been eradicated between 2001 and 2005, and subsequently endangered endemic birds including tieke (saddleback), mohua (yellowhead), kakapo, and New Zealand rock wren have been relocated to the island. The island is one of only nine islands in the area that is completely free of introduced mammalian pests and is 2.5 km (1.6 mi) from the New Zealand mainland, which makes it relatively safe from repeat incursions by stoat and deer.[4][5]

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  1. ^ "Tamatea/Dusky Sound convervation and restoration plan" (PDF). Department of Conservation. p. 20. Retrieved 17 October 2017.
  2. ^ "Anchor Island, Southland – NZ Topo Map". NZ Topo Map. Land Information New Zealand. Retrieved 13 October 2017.
  3. ^ "Lake Kirirua, Southland – NZ Topo Map". NZ Topo Map. Land Information New Zealand. Retrieved 16 October 2017.
  4. ^ "Project implementation: Fiordland Island restoration programme". Department of Conservation. Retrieved 13 October 2017.
  5. ^ "FCT Newsletter 'Jigsaw'" (PDF). Fiordland Conservation Trust. August 2012. Retrieved 16 October 2017.