New Zealand’s longest river, the Waikato, flows 425 kilometres from the eastern flank of Mt Tongariro to the Tasman Sea at Port Waikato. It passes through the flat, fertile plains of the Waikato lowland, shown here. The river plains and terraces are mainly formed from pumice, carried down the river after the major eruptions in Lake Taupō, about 1,800 and 26,500 years ago.
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Photograph by G. R. Roberts
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