Story: Chatham Islands

The Chatham Rise

The Chatham Rise

Although separated from the New Zealand mainland by 750 kilometres of ocean, the Chatham Islands are part of the New Zealand continental shelf because of the Chatham Rise, a 1,400-kilometre eastward extension of the New Zealand land mass. Apart from the Chatham Islands themselves, the Chatham Rise is entirely under water.

Using this item

GNS Science

Permission of GNS Science must be obtained before any use of this image.

All images & media in this story

How to cite this page:

Rhys Richards, 'Chatham Islands - Land and habitat', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/map/37784/the-chatham-rise (accessed 11 August 2020)

Story by Rhys Richards, updated 1 May 2015