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Kaimanawa Mountains

Kaimanawa Mountains

The North Island main ranges abut directly on the Taupō Volcanic Zone. These are the Kaimanawa Mountains, seen from the Desert Road. Their slopes disappear abruptly beneath mudflows (lahars) and tephra from the central volcanoes. In the foreground is classic volcanic-zone vegetation – mānuka, tussocks and a few beech trees.

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Malcolm McKinnon, 'Volcanic Plateau places - Kāingaroa to Kaimanawa', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 15 July 2024)

Story by Malcolm McKinnon, updated 25 May 2015