Story: Historic volcanic activity

Tarawera erupting, 1886

Tarawera erupting, 1886

This lithograph of Mt Tarawera erupting on the night of 10 June 1886 was made by A. D. Willis, based on a painting by Charles Blomfield. The view is from the Māori village of Waitangi, on the northern shores of Lake Tarawera, where there was only a single death. Blomfield did not see the eruption, and reconstructed the dramatic scene from what he had been told.

In Te Wairoa, a few kilometres closer to the volcano, Charles Haszard observed the eruption from his verandah and had exclaimed, ‘What a grand sight! Should we live a hundred years we shall never again see its equal.’ He died a few hours later when his house collapsed.

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How to cite this page:

Eileen McSaveney, Carol Stewart and Graham Leonard, 'Historic volcanic activity - Tarawera', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 25 April 2024)

Story by Eileen McSaveney, Carol Stewart and Graham Leonard, published 12 Jun 2006