Surville Cliffs

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Coordinates: 34 ° 23 ′ 45 ″  S , 173 ° 1 ′ 17 ″  E

Relief Map: New Zealand
Surville Cliffs
New Zealand

The Surville Cliffs are the northernmost point of the two main islands of New Zealand . They are located on the North Cape at the end of the Aupōuri Peninsula , 30 km east and 3 km north of Cape Reinga (which is often incorrectly referred to as the northernmost point of New Zealand) at the east end of the North Cape.

The cliffs have sometimes been referred to as Kerr Point , but these are nearby on the west end of the North Cape.

The cliffs were first discovered for the Europeans in December 1769 by Jean François Marie de Surville , when he was calling at New Zealand with his ship St-Jean-Baptiste to take care of his sick crew. A few days later she was also spotted by James Cook , who was also sailing in these waters.


The Cliffs comprise 1.2 square kilometers in serpentine converted peridotite - Mafit rocks. This unique environment is home to several species endemic to the area:

Individual evidence

  1. L. Forester, A. Townsend: Threatened plants of Northland Conservancy. Department of Conservation, Wellington 2004, ISBN 0-478-22087-1 ( PDF; 2.79 MB ).