Goat Island, Otago Harbour

Goat Island, Otago Harbour

Goat Island is an island in Otago Harbour in Otago, in the southern South Island of New Zealand. It is located between Port Chalmers and Portobello, to the northeast of Dunedin's city centre.

The second-largest island in the harbour, Goat Island covers 4.5 hectares, and is located to the northwest of the larger Saint Martin Island/Quarantine Island. Unlike its neighbour, Goat Island is uninhabited, and is designated as a scenic reservecite web|title=Dunedin City District Plan|url=http://www.cityofdunedin.com/city/?MIvalObj=dp_c5_amend1207&MItypeObj=application/pdf&ext=.pdf|month=December|year=2007|work=Dunedin City Council|accessdate=2008-05-02] and Historic Area. [cite web|title=Goat Island/Rangiriri Historic Area|url=http://www.historic.org.nz/Register/ListingDetail.asp?RID=7504&sm=|work=New Zealand Historic Places Trust|accessdate=2008-05-02]

The two islands, along with the Portobello Peninsula, are all part of a ridge (anticline) lying across the centre of the harbour, which was the crater of the long-extinct Dunedin volcano - running from Portobello to Port Chalmers.

The original Maori name of the island was "Rakiriri", meaning "Angry sky" Reed, A.W. (1975) "Place names of New Zealand." Wellington: A.H. & A.W. Reed] .

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