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Arapawa Island

Arapawa Island

Arapawa Island is the fifth largest island of mainland New Zealand and is located in the outer Queen Charlotte Sounds. This remote island measures around 40 km by 5 km and currently has a human population of about 50 people.

The land is a mixture of virgin native bush, regenerating native bush, farmland and forestry. The Eastern side of the island drops into Cook Strait and the terrain is usually steep and the weather often wild.

Arapawa Island was inhabited by Maori for many years before European settlement. The island was an important site for interaction between North and South Island Maori tribes and also was the site of some of the earliest European and Maori encounters.

Map of Arapawa Island