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Wonders of the Antipodes Islands

Anchorage Bay and penguins, Antipodes Islands
Anchorage Bay and penguins, Antipodes Islands / Lawrie M., Wikimedia Commons. Public domain.

WorldBlue  Highlights

Antipodes Islands are rarely visited remote islands south-east from New Zealand. They are not accessible to general visitors due to strict nature conservation regime.

Antipodes were formed by fairly recent volcanic activity. Here do not grow any trees but nevertheless, the land is covered with plants including the megaherbs characteristic for Sub-antarctic islands south from New Zealand. In spite of their small size, the islands are inhabited by endemic animals and plants.

Islands were discovered by ancient Polynesians – there has been found a pottery shard left by them. People never lived permanently here – islands are inhospitable and the weather there is rough.

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WorldViolet Top wonders of the Antipodes Islands

Geological wonders

Remarkable Cave at Cave Point

Impressive grotto 90 m above the sea level and the ceiling of this cave has almost reached the plateau above it. There are many more caves formed in the steep cliffs around Antipodes island, caves are visible in the cliffs of Windward Islands as well.

Anchorage Bay basalt columns

Coastal outcrop – basalt formations with characteristic vertical poles.

Fumaroles at Crater Bay

A group of fumaroles that testifies about the comparatively recent volcanic activity in the islands.

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