This cross-section of the region – from the Hapūakohe Range across the Hauraki Plains and the peninsula, along a line to the south of Thames and Tairua – shows how faulting has shaped the landforms. Faulting has created a pattern of alternating basin and uplift. The basin to the west of the Hauraki Fault has filled with sediment, while volcanic deposits have added to the uplifted landforms of the peninsula.
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Source: R. G. Barker, Geology of the Coromandel Peninsula. Auckland: Pagez Productions, 1992, p. 2