The Sisters (New Zealand)

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The Sisters
Native name: Rangitatahi
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Map showing location of The Sisters/Rangitatahi
Coordinates 43°33′53″S 176°48′29″W / 43.5647°S 176.808°W / -43.5647; -176.808
Archipelago Chatham Islands
Population 0

The Sisters, or Rangitatahi in Maori,[1] is a group of three islands located 16 kilometres (10 mi) north of Cape Pattison, Chatham Island. They are the northernmost members of the Chatham Archipelago, located 800 kilometres (497 mi) east of New Zealand's South Island.

The islands are:


The islands have the second largest breeding colony of the northern royal albatross, and provide breeding sites for Buller's albatross, northern giant petrel, fairy prion, broad-billed prion, sooty shearwater, common diving petrel, grey-backed storm petrel, white-faced storm petrel, pitt shag, subantarctic skua, red-billed gull, and white-fronted tern.[1] The site has been identified as an Important Bird Area by BirdLife International because it supports Buller's albatrosses and northern giant petrels.[2]

A species of stag beetle called Geodorcus sororum is endemic to the islands.[3]

Coordinates: 43°33′53″S 176°48′29″W / 43.5647°S 176.808°W / -43.5647; -176.808

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Government of New Zealand, Dept. of Conservation (1999) Chatham IslandsConservation Management Strategy. Accessed on 2012-07-13.
  2. ^ "Chatham Islands (The Sisters)". BirdLife data zone: Important Bird Areas. BirdLife International. 2012. Archived from the original on July 10, 2007. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  3. ^ Holloway, B.A. "Lucanidae (Insecta: Coleoptera)" (PDF). Landcare New Zealand. Landcare Research. Retrieved 28 July 2017.