Portland Island (New Zealand)

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Portland Island
Native name: Waikawa
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)
Population (?)

Portland Island, also called Waikawa,[1][2][3] 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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  1. ^ Pollock, Kerryn (30 November 2015). "Story – Hawke’s Bay places – Page 11: Mahia". www.teara.govt.nz. Retrieved 19 April 2017. 
  2. ^ "Portland Island Lighthouse in Wairoa" (PDF). www.visitwairoa.co.nz. Retrieved 19 April 2017. 
  3. ^ "Tragedy strikes endangered New Zealand shore plover population". www.doc.govt.nz. 4 February 2013. Retrieved 19 April 2017. 

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