Story: Volcanic Plateau places

Rainbow Mountain

Rainbow Mountain

Sunlight and shadow dapple Rainbow Mountain (Maungakakaramea), near Waiotapu. The mountain is named after its vivid rock colours, produced by volcanic processes. The mountain has cooled in recent years, allowing vegetation to return to some of its slopes.

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Malcolm McKinnon, 'Volcanic Plateau places - Rotorua to Taupō', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 24 July 2024)

Story by Malcolm McKinnon, updated 25 May 2015