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I've been spending a bit of time playing around with the Antipodes map. Essentially, two maps: click a point on the left map and the right map will show you the matching antipodal point on earth.

When I was a kid, geography books were saying that New Zealand was at the antipodes of France. Well, it turns out that's not exactly the case: that would be Spain, rather, specifically the western part of it, plus a bit of northern Portugal and the region around Tangiers in Morocco.

A place on the Galician coast north of Santiago, is the antipodes of Christchurch. The antipodes of Wellington is halfway between Salamanca and Valladolid, two towns northwest of Madrid. Auckland's antipodal point is somewhere between Seville and Malaga. The region of Tangiers in Morocco is the opposite number of the northern tip of North Island. As for Gibraltar's antipodes, it is sitting in the Auckland bay: make of that what you want.

by Bernard on Fri Jun 22nd, 2018 at 08:45:37 PM EST
Thank you, that's a cute app!

Chatham Island, a NZ dependency, is the antipodes of Alès in the Massif Central, near enough.

The antipodes of my birthplace is in the hills between Grenada and Seville. My wife is from Tetuàn, which maps nicely to some of my favourite beaches, in Northland. We are very close to being ... polar opposites?

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Mon Jun 25th, 2018 at 10:58:06 AM EST
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I thought you might like it :)
And thanks for pointing out there is at least some small part of France that is at the antipodes of New Zealand, even if a small archipelago off the two main lands. The antipodes of the Chatham Islands include some very nice places in the Cévennes region, including the charming village of Saint-Jean-du-Bruel which I visited last year.
by Bernard on Mon Jun 25th, 2018 at 08:45:49 PM EST
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