The Proba-V image at 300 m resolution, acquired mid July 2016,takes a closer look at the South island, also called Te Waipounamu in Māori, the largest but least populated island of New Zealand.
On the east coast of the island, we see the circular Banks Peninsula, formed by the remnants of two large shield volcanoes and nowadays characterized by two deep harbours and many smaller bays and coves.
The South Island's largest city, Christchurch, is immediately north of the peninsula, along the coast of Pegasus Bay.
But the real eye-catcher in the image are the beautiful mountains of the Southern Alps, with 18 peaks over 3000 meter high - the highest being Mount Cook - several national parks, glaciers, fjords and ski resorts.
The western coast of the island, facing the Tasman Sea, has an extremely wet climate, whereas the eastern part is semi-arid.
© ESA-BELSPO 2016, produced by VITO
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