Our unique landscape and wildlife

Our unique landscape and wildlife – 05 Jan 2008 – NZ Herald: New Zealand and International Environment News
Helm's butterfly feeds on koromiko flowers in Tongariro National Park. Sometimes called the
The landform diversity of an entire continent has been squeezed into the New Zealand archipelago: over 700 islands and a very long and intricate coastline of more than 15,000 km; fiords, some reaching more than 30km from the Tasman Sea into the remote mountainous interior of Fiordland; the extinct shield volcanoes of Banks Peninsula, Otago Peninsula and Chatham Island; karst landforms; cone volcanoes; the huge outwash fan of the Canterbury Plains; the Alpine Fault through the West Coast; uplifted marine terraces; geothermal features.
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