Cavalli Islands facts for kids
The Cavallis. The knobby hill to the right on the mainland is at the northern extremity of Matauri Bay.
|Area||4.5 km2 (1.7 sq mi)|
|Highest elevation||177 m (581 ft)|
The group consists of the island of Motukawanui (area 3.55 km2 (1.37 sq mi)) and the smaller islets of Motutapere, Panaki, Nukutaunga, Haraweka, Motuharakeke, and Motukawaiti Islands. The main island is used as a nature reserve, and some of the smaller islands are privately owned.
The Cavallis were so named by Captain James Cook on 27 December 1769 during his first voyage of discovery. In his journal he recorded that some Māori "sold us some fish--Cavallys as they are called--which occasioned my giving the Islands the same name". Cook probably meant trevally which is abundant near the islands, known to the Māori as araara.
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