to the official web site of the Government of the Pitcairn
The Pitcairn Islands group is a British Overseas
Territory. It comprises the islands of Pitcairn, Henderson, Ducie and
Oeno. Pitcairn, the only inhabited island, is a small volcanic outcrop
situated in the South Pacific at latitude 25.04 south and longitude
130.06 west. It is roughly 2170km (1350 miles) east south-east of
Tahiti and just over 6600km (4100 miles) from Panama. The Islands'
administrative headquarters are situated in Auckland New Zealand,
5310km (3300 miles) away.
With a population of only around fifty, the people of Pitcairn are
descended from the mutineers of HMAV Bounty and their Tahitian
companions. Pitcairn Island is approximately 3.2km (2 miles) long and
1.6km (1 mile) wide with the capital Adamstown located above Bounty
Bay and accessed by the aptly named road, "The Hill of Difficulty".