Kōrero: Landscapes – overview

Mt Tarawera

Mt Tarawera

Mt Tarawera can be seen in the distance across Lake Tarawera. The volcano has erupted several times in the last 15,000 years, but its distinctive stumpy shape today was formed by the eruption of steep-sided lava domes about 800 years ago. On 10 June 1886 Tarawera erupted again, apparently with little warning. A 17-kilometre rift was blasted through the mountain and Lake Rotomahana, and the surrounding area was devastated. Over 100 people were killed, and many were left homeless. The rift cannot be seen from this angle, and the shape of the mountain was unchanged.

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Photograph by Chris Rudge

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Eileen McSaveney, 'Landscapes – overview - The volcanic region', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/photograph/12991/mt-tarawera (accessed 25 January 2022)

He kōrero nā Eileen McSaveney, i tāngia i te 24 Sep 2007, updated 1 Jul 2015