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Southern Alps and Stewart Island / Rakiura, New Zealand

46.9S 167.8E

February 24th, 2012 Category: Mountains

New Zealand - January 8th, 2012

New Zealand’s Southern Alps are mostly snow free in this late summer image of the southern part of the country’s South Island. Visible by the mountains are several glacial lakes. Off the southern coast is Stewart Island/Rakiura, the third-largest island of New Zealand. It lies 30 kilometres (19 mi) south of the South Island, across Foveaux Strait.

This hilly island with a wet climate has an area of 1 746 kmĀ². The north is dominated by the swampy valley of the Freshwater River. The river rises close to the northwestern coast and flows southeastwards into the large indentation of Paterson Inlet. The highest peak is Mount Anglem (979 metres (3,212 ft)), close to the northern coast it is one of a rim of ridges that surround Freshwater Valley. The southern half is more uniformly undulating, rising to a ridge that runs south from the valley of the Rakeahua River.

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