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Great Barrier Island, New Zealand

36.2S 175.4E

December 23rd, 2011 Category: Mountains

New Zealand - December 22nd, 2011

This orthorectified image shows the Great Barrier Island, a large island of New Zealand, situated 100 km to the north-east of central Auckland in the outer Hauraki Gulf. With an area of 285 km2 it is the fourth-largest island of New Zealand’s main chain of islands, with its highest point, Mount Hobson, rising 621 m.

South of the island is the Colville Channel, one of three channels connecting the Hauraki Gulf with the Pacific Ocean to the northeast of Auckland, New Zealand. It lies between the southern end of Great Barrier Island and Cape Colville at the northern tip of the Coromandel Peninsula. The tiny Channel Island lies in the centre of the channel.

The Coromandel Peninsula (visible in the lower part of the full image) lies in the North Island of New Zealand. It is part of the Waikato Region and Thames-Coromandel District and extends 85 kilometres north from the western end of the Bay of Plenty, forming a natural barrier to protect the Hauraki Gulf and the Firth of Thames in the west from the Pacific Ocean to the east. At its broadest point, it is 40 kilometres wide.

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