Blumine Island / Oruawairua facts for kids
|Area||3.8 km2 (1.5 sq mi)|
|Highest elevation||298 m (978 ft)|
The New Zealand Ministry for Culture and Heritage gives a translation of "meeting place of spirits" for Ōruawairua.
Blumine Island covers 377 ha (930 acres) and is mostly hill country. The island is located about 22 kilometres (14 mi) north of Picton. It is the site of a scenic reserve meaning anyone can visit the island. A visit by Captain James Cook left the island infested with introduced pests, which have since been eradicated through the use of helicopter poison drops, conducted by the Department of Conservation. In May 2008 the island was declared predator free and efforts began to reintroduce native species back to the island.
During World War II, two gun emplacements were built on the island by soldiers and workmen from the Public Works Department. This was to protect a planned American Navy anchorage in the Marlborough Sounds from a feared Japanese invasion. The sites were abandoned in 1945 towards the end of the war. In 2012, walking tracks were built, connecting the island's main campsite with the emplacements.
Blumine Island hosts Outward Bound and Untouched World Charitable Trust who help in the maintenance of the island.
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