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South Island

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27-year-old Barry Devonport was the first person to successfully swim across the Cook Strait when he crossed from North Island to South Island on 20 November 1962 in 11 hours 20 minutes

The South Island or Te Waipounamu is the larger of the two major islands of New Zealand, the other being the more populous North Island. It is bordered to the north by Cook Strait, to the west by the Tasman Sea, to the south and east by the Pacific Ocean.

As it has a 33% larger landmass than the North Island, it is often known as the "mainland", however only 23% of New Zealand's 4.5 million inhabitants live in the South Island.

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Clutha River Adventure[edit]


The Clutha River or Mata-Au is the second longest river in New Zealand and the longest in the South Island.

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