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Cook Strait Between New Zealand’s North and South Islands – December 10th, 2009

41.2S 174.4E

December 10th, 2009 Category: Image of the day, Lakes, Volcanoes

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The Cook Strait separates the North and South Islands of New Zealand, connecting the Tasman Sea on the west with the South Pacific Ocean on the east.

To the south the coast runs runs 30 km along Cloudy Bay and past the islands and entrances to the Marlborough Sounds. To the north the coast runs 40 km along Palliser Bay, crosses the entrance to Wellington Harbour, past some Wellington suburbs and continues another 15 km to Makara beach.

Cook Strait is one of the most dangerous and unpredictable waters in the world. At its narrowest point 23 km separate Cape Terawhiti in the North Island from Perano Head on Arapawa Island in the Marlborough Sounds. Counter-intuitively, at this point the South Island coast lies further north than that of the North Island.

Other points of interest visible on the North Island in this image include Lake Taupo, the large body of water near the top, snow-capped Mount Ruapehu south of the lake, and the also snow-tipped Mount Taranaki (also known as Mount Egmont) on the left edge.

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