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New Zealand : South Island

4.6 km (2.9 miles) SE of Motunau, Canterbury, S. Island, New Zealand
Approx. altitude: 102 m (334 ft)
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Antipode: 43°N 7°W

Accuracy: 3 m (9 ft)
Click on any of the images for the full-sized picture.

#2: View West #3: View North (up the slope) #4: View East #5: The confluence point lies on a steep, grassy slope - with patches of bush on each side #6: All GPS zeros! #7: Looking north up the slope towards the point, from 30 m away #8: Cattle grazing in a farm field near the point #9: Sheep grazing in another farm field near the point #10: A large patch of native Toetoe grass, growing near the road, less than 500 m from the point #11: The prominent (vine-covered) Cabbage Tree, just southeast of the point #12: Bullrush growing in a marshy area, just south of the point #13: Motunau Beach (and its eponymous island offshore), a few km southeast of the point

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  43°S 173°E (visit #3)  

#1: View South

(visited by Ross Finlayson)

19-Feb-2018 -- This point - despite being quite easy to visit, and close to Christchurch (the largest city on New Zealand’s South Island) - had been visited only twice before; the last time - by Rainer Mautz - almost 11 years ago. I decided to pay it a third visit, while on a mini-vacation in the northern South Island.

I began my hike from Motunau Beach Road, 500 m east of the point. Between the road and the point is mixed-use farmland. At various points in my hike, I saw cattle, sheep, and horses grazing (each in different fields). The point itself lies on a steep, narrow strip of grassland, with patches of native bush (mostly kanuka) forming the east and west sides of the strip. Just to the south-east of the point, there’s a prominent vine-covered cabbage tree - a common New Zealand native tree. Rainer Mautz - not being a local - called it a “yucca” tree. He wasn’t entirely wrong, however, because it turns out that both cabbage trees and yucca belong to the Asparagaceae Family, so they’re related.

After visiting the point, I continued a few more km southeast along Motunau Beach Road to make a quick visit to Motunau Beach itself. This beach - on the South Island’s Pacific Coast - has a prominent flat-topped island (Motunau Island) just offshore.


 All pictures
#1: View South
#2: View West
#3: View North (up the slope)
#4: View East
#5: The confluence point lies on a steep, grassy slope - with patches of bush on each side
#6: All GPS zeros!
#7: Looking north up the slope towards the point, from 30 m away
#8: Cattle grazing in a farm field near the point
#9: Sheep grazing in another farm field near the point
#10: A large patch of native Toetoe grass, growing near the road, less than 500 m from the point
#11: The prominent (vine-covered) Cabbage Tree, just southeast of the point
#12: Bullrush growing in a marshy area, just south of the point
#13: Motunau Beach (and its eponymous island offshore), a few km southeast of the point
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