Taranaki is dominated by Mt Taranaki and the ring plain that surrounds it, largely a product of eruptions from the mountain and its predecessors, Kaitake and Pouākai. The other main landscape features are the marine terraces of the northern and southern Taranaki coasts, a product of rising and falling sea levels, and the dissected hill country inland, which is part of a much larger expanse of hill country reaching into inland Whanganui and the King Country.
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