Story: Volcanic Plateau places

Mt Tarawera

On 10 June 1886 a massive rift opened up along the summit of Mt Tarawera, the precursor to the volcanic eruption that night. This video clip shows the line of the rift, linking two of the volcano’s summits, Ruawāhia (foreground) and Wāhanga. Pūtauaki (Mt Edgecumbe) can be seen in the distance.

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Malcolm McKinnon, 'Volcanic Plateau places - Lake Tarawera district', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 1 December 2023)

Story by Malcolm McKinnon, updated 25 May 2015