Story: Volcanic Plateau places

Lake Tarawera

Lake Tarawera

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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Malcolm McKinnon, 'Volcanic Plateau places - Lake Tarawera district', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 1 December 2023)

Story by Malcolm McKinnon, updated 25 May 2015