Auckland Islands

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Auckland Islands,

small uninhabited group (234 sq mi/606 sq km), S Pacific, c.300 mi (480 km) S of Stewart Island, New Zealand, to which they belong. There is a nature preserve for birds and sea mammals. The islands were first charted in 1806.

Auckland Islands


a group of uninhabited islands in the southwestern Pacific Ocean belonging to New Zealand. Area, 680 sq km. Composed mainly of volcanic rock (maximum elevation, 610 m), the islands are partly forested and have many good harbors. There are rookeries of sea lions, sea elephants, and seals, and penguins are also numerous.

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In 1849 Charles Enderby leased the Auckland Islands to establish a whaling station there, but it was not a success and the settlement closed in 1852, the company being forced into liquidation (Riffenburgh 2007, 1:380-381).
Campbell Island was discovered by Frederick Hasselburgh in the Sydney-based Campbell & Company brig Perseverance in January 1810 while on a sealing expedition from the Auckland Islands.
eds), In the care of the Southern Ocean: an archaeological and historical survey of the Auckland Islands.
Such has been his interaction with right whales off the coast of the Auckland Islands.
The largest group is the Auckland Islands (total landmass of 600 square kilometres, 465 kilometres south of Bluff), home to a great diversity of wildlife including whales, seals, penguins, albatross and many other bird species.
Between 1833 and 1907, 11 ships and over one hundred lives were lost on the reefs and cliffs of the Auckland Islands.
13) They were then taken to Invercargill where Captain Musgrave raised a rescue ship in which he returned to the Auckland Islands to collect the two remaining crew members, who by then had nearly succumbed to starvation.
Visiting the Auckland Islands in February, I saw first-hand the damage pigs have done to the foliage and habitat for sea lions as well as bird species like penguins and albatross, Ms Barry says.
A specialist team has been established to develop a feasibility study for the total eradication of pigs, cats and mice from 50,000 hectare Auckland Island, the largest in the Subantarctic, which lies 465km south of Bluff.
Pigs, cats and mice were introduced to Auckland Island in the early 19th century.
The Astrolable and Zelee returned to France by way of the Auckland Islands, New Zealand and Torres Strait--where both ships were stranded on treacherous coral reefs for some days before escaping.

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