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Ahukawakawa swamp

Ahukawakawa swamp

The alpine Ahukawakawa swamp is in Egmont National Park, at an elevation of 920 metres. It was created by a lava extrusion known as the Dome, which, combined with a later debris flow, blocked the Stony River (Hangatahua). The swamp contains a wide range of plants that can survive at very low temperatures in acidic soils. Its outlet forms the 30-metre Bells Falls. This view from the Pouākai Range shows the Dome in the centre.

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Ron Lambert, 'Taranaki region - Native plants and animals', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 18 June 2024)

Story by Ron Lambert, updated 1 Aug 2015