Story: Volcanic Plateau places

Rautapu cave

Rautapu cave

The Ōrākei Kōrako thermal area, though partly drowned by the formation of Lake Ōhakuri, has silica terraces, geysers, hot springs and mud pools. Rautapu cave is a memorial place for Atama Mikaere, who used to guide visitors into the cave, and his brother Witaina. The two brothers died fighting in North Africa during the Second World War.

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Malcolm McKinnon, 'Volcanic Plateau places - Wairākei to Ōhakuri', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 1 December 2023)

Story by Malcolm McKinnon, updated 25 May 2015