Story: Taranaki region

Roadside Stories: Sugar Loaf Islands, an ancient volcano

The Sugar Loaf Islands and Paritutū are the remnants of an enormous volcano – the oldest in Taranaki. British explorer James Cook named the islands, which are the source of the mineral taranakite. Since 1991 they have been part of a protected marine park.

Listen to a Roadside Story about the islands. Roadside Stories is a series of audio guides to places around New Zealand.

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How to cite this page:

Ron Lambert, 'Taranaki region - Geology and climate', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/interactive/35269/roadside-stories-sugar-loaf-islands-an-ancient-volcano (accessed 31 May 2020)

Story by Ron Lambert, updated 1 Aug 2015