Portland Island (New Zealand)

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This article is about the New Zealand island. For the peninsula in southern England, see Isle of Portland. For the island in Canada, see Portland Island (British Columbia). For the fictional island, see Liberty City (Grand Theft Auto)#Portland Island.
Portland Island
Native name: (?)
Geography
Location Hawke's Bay region
Coordinates 39°17′S 177°52′E / 39.283°S 177.867°E / -39.283; 177.867
Area 1.4–3.0 km2 (0.54–1.16 sq mi)
Length 3.26 km (2.026 mi)
Width 0.65 - 0.98 km (-0.205 mi)
Highest elevation 106 m (348 ft)
Country
Demographics
Population (?)

Portland Island is a small island off the southern tip of the Mahia Peninsula on the North Island of New Zealand. It is used for sheep farming.

The area of the island fluctuates rapidly between high and low tides due to a shelf of rocks surrounding the east, north and west coast of the island. During low tide the area of the island can grow up to 3 km², while during high tide it shrinks down to only 1.4 km². This makes access by boat to the island rather difficult, despite it being only a kilometer offshore.

Coordinates: 39°17′S 177°52′E / 39.283°S 177.867°E / -39.283; 177.867

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