The Haast landscape

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Coates, G.; Nathan, S. 1993 The Haast landscape. Lower Hutt: Institute of Geological & Nuclear Sciences. Institute of Geological & Nuclear Sciences information series 17 6 p.


Abstract: Visitors travelling south to Haast will notice a sudden change in coastal relief when they reach Ship Creek. The steep, rocky coastline ends abruptly and the highway straightens onto a swampy plain, extending 50 kilometers south to Jackson Bay. This is the only significant flat coastal region in the South-West New Zealand World Hertiage Area. It has been formed by a unique combination of geological and climatic conditions over the last 6000 years. As the most extensive wetland are in New Zealand, it is refuge for numerous native plants, birds and animals - one of the last remote corners of original New Zealand accessible by road. This brochure describes the features of the landscape. (auths)

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