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Rangitoto and Browns Island

Rangitoto and Browns Island

In this 1850s watercolour, Charles Heaphy shows how Auckland’s Waitematā Harbour is dominated by the volcanic island cone of Rangitoto. It emerged from the sea about 1400 CE. Browns Island (Motukorea), just to the left of Rangitoto, is also volcanic.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
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Watercolour by Charles Heaphy

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Eileen McSaveney, 'Nearshore islands - A nation of islands', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 23 January 2022)

Story by Eileen McSaveney, published 24 Sep 2007