Mokohinau Islands

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Mokohinau Islands
Maori: Mokohinau
175.10412E 35.91815S Mokohinau Islands.png
Coordinates35°54′S 175°07′E / 35.900°S 175.117°E / -35.900; 175.117

The Mokohinau Islands (Pokohinau) are a small group of islands that lie off the northeast coast of New Zealand's North Island. The islands are 100 km (62 mi) northeast of Auckland, 21 km (13 mi) northwest of Great Barrier Island and approximately 52 km (32 mi) east of Bream Head. The main islands of the group includes Fanal Island (Motukino), Flax Island (Hokoromea), Trig Island (Atihau) and Burgess Island (Pokohinu). Most of them are managed by the Department of Conservation as nature reserves and wildlife sanctuaries. Landing is not allowed without a permit, with the exception of Burgess Island, much of which is managed as a scenic reserve[1] by the Department of Conservation. The remainder of Burgess Island is Crown Land and is administered by the Ministry of Transport.

The islands are volcanic stacks sitting at the edge of the continental shelf.[1] Like many neighbouring Hauraki Gulf islands, the group is free of mammalian pests and being left to naturally regenerate.[2] The Mokohinau Islands are home to a number of New Zealand's smallest endangered species, such as the Mokohinau skink, the robust skink and the Mokohinau stag beetle as well as a number of endangered plant species.[1]

Historically, the islands were often visited seasonally by Maori for muttonbirding, harvesting the chicks of petrels for food and oil.[1] Today, the main attractions for the rare tourists are the very clear waters teeming with wildlife.[1]

Burgess Island is also the location of the Mokohinau Islands Lighthouse, one of the most distant lights from the mainland. The light was built in 1883 and was one of the last in the country to be fully automated in 1980.[3]

Coordinates: 35°54′S 175°07′E / 35.900°S 175.117°E / -35.900; 175.117

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  1. ^ a b c d e "The Hauraki Gulf Marine Park, Part 2". Inset to The New Zealand Herald. 3 March 2010. p. 15.
  2. ^ DOC, New Zealand Department of Conservation (July 2018). "Mokohinau Islands". Retrieved 2018-07-16.
  3. ^ "Mokohinau Islands lighthouse - Maritime NZ". Retrieved 2018-07-16.

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