Rapanui Rock

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Rapanui (Shag Rock).

Rapanui, better known as The Shag Rock[1] or simply "Shag Rock" was a notable sea stack which stood at the entrance of the Avon Heathcote Estuary near Christchurch, New Zealand. The boating channel into the estuary lies on the northern side of the rock. Although not used as a shipping port, the estuary is accessible to large yachts despite the bar and difficult tidal conditions. The rock stood close to the southern shore just above the low tide level. It was a prominent landmark on the road to Sumner until it crumbled in the February 2011 Christchurch earthquake. The remains are still easily seen from the road and are now being referred to by some locals as "Shag Pile" (a pun referencing the style of carpet).[2]

Before the 2011 Canterbury earthquake[edit]

The rock rose about 11 metres above the sea, depending on the state of the tide.[3]

2011 Canterbury earthquake[edit]

Rapanui (Shag Rock) after the February earthquake.

It crumbled during the 6.3 earthquake of 22 February 2011, which reduced its height.[4]


  1. ^ Old photography of Shag Rock, Auckland Art Gallery, New Zealand. Archived 11 December 2008 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ http://christchurchartgallery.org.nz/blog/bunker-notes/2011/09/14/ode-to-rapanui-shag-rock/
  3. ^ "Geographic Features of Significance" (PDF). Retrieved 2011-09-27.
  4. ^ "On shaky ground". Stuff.co.nz. 2011-04-08. Retrieved 2011-09-27.

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Coordinates: 43°33′47″S 172°45′02″E / 43.5631°S 172.7505°E / -43.5631; 172.7505