Solander Islands — New Zealand
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Dunbar Loop
S 46° 19.843 E 167° 43.549
58G E 709801 N 4865595
Quick Description: Daniel Solander was under the employ of Joseph Banks and joined him on James Cook's first voyage to the Pacific Ocean on board the Endeavour. During this voyage Cook named these volcanic islands after Solander, a student of Carl Linnaeus.
Location: South Island, New Zealand
Date Posted: 10/9/2009 10:02:18 PM
Waymark Code: WM7DKD
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Elritsa
Views: 6

Long Description:
This small grouping of islands, some 70 km off the New Zealand coastline, were named in honour of Daniel Solander. Solander was working with Joseph Banks while aboard the Endeavour during Captain James Cook's first voyage of discovery through the Pacific Ocean.

Today, this volcanic outcropping of islands are rarely visited by people. According to the Department of Conservation website:

On a clear day tiny Solander Island can be seen to the south from McCracken's Rest. An outlier to Fiordland National Park, it is the eroded skeleton of a volcano about one million years old. Its tooth shape is recognised in the Māori legend of Kewa the whale, said to have chewed between Stewart Island and the mainland, tossing island crumbs and a broken tooth in the process.

The Solander Islands are about 67.31 km / 41.84 miles away from this location.


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