Story: Te Arawa

Pink Terraces at Lake Rotomahana, 1870s (2nd of 3)

Pink Terraces at Lake Rotomahana, 1870s

This photograph of a Māori canoe on Lake Rotomahana shows the distinctive Pink Terraces on the hillside. The terraces, made of silica, were an important tourist attraction in early New Zealand and many Te Arawa people worked as guides escorting people to view the spectacular sight.

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Paul Tapsell, 'Te Arawa - The Tarawera eruption', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/4184/pink-terraces-at-lake-rotomahana-1870s (accessed 23 October 2021)

Story by Paul Tapsell, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 22 Mar 2017