Snares Islands

Nature Reserve
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The Snares Islands is a group of 2 main islands and several islets in the southwest Pacific Ocean. The Snares are the northernmost of New Zealand’s subantarctic islands.
In the area there are the following habitats: sea area, islands, islets, steep cliffs, streams, tussocks grasslands, areas with megaherbs (large leaves and flowers herbs only found in the Subantarctics), and forests.

Ornithological importance

In this area there is a record of 29 breeding species, of which one is endemic: Snares Snipe (Coenocorypha huegeli) and other is an endemic breeder: Snares Penguin (Eudyptes robustus). The sooty shearwater (Puffinus griseus) is the most abundant breeding seabird, but are important colonies of Common Diving-petrel (Pelecanoides urinatrix), Salvin's Albatross (Thalassarche salvini), Buller's Albatross (Thalassarche bulleri), Snares Penguin (Eudyptes robustus), Cape Petrel (Daption capense), Mottled Petrel (Pterodroma inexpectata), and Broad-billed Prion (Pachyptila vittata). It is also noteworthy that the Snares Islands are the southern limit for New Zealand Fernbird (Bowdleria punctata), and Grey Fantail (Rhipidura fuliginosa).

Geographic information

-48.025928°, 166.604276°


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Conservation status

  • Nature Reserve
    • Snares Islands
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