Story: Landscapes – overview

Matiri Range

Matiri Range

Several areas in the north-west South Island have distinctive flat-topped mountains, formed when a flat band of hard rock protects the rocks beneath from erosion. In the Matiri Range a band of hard limestone acts as a cap, forming the Thousand Acres Plateau. In the first part of the 20th century, sheep grazed on the plateau in summer, and were moved to lower altitudes before winter. The area is now part of Kahurangi National Park.

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Eileen McSaveney, 'Landscapes – overview - Top of the South Island', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 14 April 2024)

Story by Eileen McSaveney, published 24 Sep 2007, updated 1 Jul 2015