The largest of the lakes in the Okataina caldera, Lake Tarawera was formed about 5,000 years ago when drainage to the east was blocked by lava flows. This is the lake from the road-end just past Te Wairoa, looking across to the summit of Mt Tarawera, which erupted ferociously in June 1886.
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Department of Conservation
Photograph by Chris Rudge
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