Story: Canterbury places

Motunau Island

Motunau Island

Motunau Island, with its distinctive flat top, lies 1.2 kilometres south and offshore from the Motunau River mouth. It has a breeding colony of 5,000 little penguins – a threatened species. Other birds breed there, including white-faced storm petrels, fairy prions, sooty shearwaters, variable oystercatchers and white-fronted terns. There are three species of lizard on the island.

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Photograph by Kerry-Jayne Wilson

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John Wilson, 'Canterbury places - Amberley district', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 8 December 2016)

Full story by John Wilson, published 14 Sep 2006, reviewed & revised 6 Jul 2015, updated 17 Aug 2015