Story: Landslides

Waihī area in the 1990s

Waihī area in the 1990s

The cliffs above Waihī village, at the southern end of Lake Taupō, are part of a thermal area. Steam can be seen on the hillside on cold days. The thermal activity has turned the rocks to clay, and made the steep hillside susceptible to landslides.

Several large landslides have fallen from the cliffs into Lake Taupō, with large loss of life in the slip of 1846. The extent of major landslides in 1846 and 1910 is shown on the photograph, but several smaller landslides have also occurred. After heavy rain in July 2002 a landslide closed State Highway 41 for several days.

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How to cite this page:

Michael J. Crozier, 'Landslides - Notable New Zealand landslides', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 18 July 2024)

Story by Michael J. Crozier, published 12 Jun 2006