Rurima Island

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Rurima Island
Rurima (Māori)
Rurima Rocks zoom.jpg
Rurima Rocks, viewed from above Whakatane.
Location Bay of Plenty
Coordinates 37°49′52.352335″S 176°52′18.92″E / 37.83120898194°S 176.8719222°E / -37.83120898194; 176.8719222
Archipelago Rurima Rocks
Length 0.5 km (0.31 mi)
Population 0

Rurima Island is a small island in the Bay of Plenty, off New Zealand's North Island. The island is the largest of the Rurima Rocks, with the smaller Moutoki and Tokata Islands lying about 1 km (0.62 mi) east and west respectively.

Located approximately 9 km (5.6 mi) west of Moutohora Island and 10 km (6.2 mi) northwest from the mouth of the Rangitaiki River, the Rurima Rocks are an uninhabited nature reserve owned by the Ngāti Awa iwi.[1] Kiore (Polynesian Rat) were eradicated in the 1980s, and Moutoki Island has long been an outpost for tuatara. The closest settlement is Thornton, about 1 km (0.62 mi) upstream from the mouth of the Rangitaiki.

Rurima Island is about 500 m (550 yd) long, with two bays and sandy beaches on the northwest side. A wide shallow reef, almost a lagoon, stretches north from the pohutukawa-covered island. Snorkelling, diving and kayaking are popular activities here.[2] The wreck of the SS Tasman, holed on the southwest reef in 1912, lies nearby.[3] There is some geothermal activity on and near the islands.[4]

Coordinates: 37°49′52.352335″S 176°52′18.92″E / 37.83120898194°S 176.8719222°E / -37.83120898194; 176.8719222

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  1. ^ Draft Bay of Plenty Conservation Management Strategy, Environment Bay of Plenty.
  2. ^ Whale and Rurima Islands, Phantom Charters, Whakatane.
  3. ^ Diving White Island, the Volkner Rocks and the Eastern Bay of Plenty,
  4. ^ A. R. Duncan and H. M. Pantin (1969).Evidence for submarine geothermal activity in the Bay of Plenty, New Zealand Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research, 3, 602-606.

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