South Island


South Island
the largest island of New Zealand. 860,990; 58,093 sq. mi. (150,460 sq. km).

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Island (pop., 2001 prelim.: 942,213), larger and southernmost of the two principal islands of New Zealand.

Separated from the North Island by Cook Strait, it has an area of 58,676 sq mi (151,971 sq km). Mountains, including the Southern Alps, occupy almost three-quarters of the island. Its main cities are Christchurch and Dunedin. Fiordland National Park in the southwest contains numerous coastal fjords and high lakes.

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island, the larger and southernmost of the two principal islands of New Zealand, in the southwest Pacific Ocean. South Island is separated from North Island to the north by Cook Strait and from Stewart Island to the south by Foveaux Strait. Mountainous terrain occupies almost three-quarters of South Island, with a central mountain chain, the Southern Alps, trending southwest to northeast and culminating at Mount Cook (Cook, Mount) (12,316 feet [3,754 metres]). The Southern Alps separate the narrow coastal strip of the Westland Plain (west) from the broad Canterbury Plains (east). Fiordland in the southwest is a distinctive area with its numerous coastal fjords (inlets) and high lakes. The island was sighted by the Dutch navigator Abel Tasman (Tasman, Abel Janszoon) in 1642. Although South Island has several large urban areas, including Christchurch, Dunedin, and Invercargill, all coastal, its population grew less rapidly than that of North Island in the 20th century. Area 58,776 square miles (152,229 square km). Pop. (2006) 1,022,316.

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