This 1886 photograph of Lake Rotomahana and the White Terrace (centre left) is part of a panorama taken before the Tarawera eruption that year. Mt Tarawera is in the background. Although the Kaharoa eruption had spread ash over the area about 570 years earlier, no one at the time this photo was taken was aware that Tarawera was an active volcano and about to erupt again.
Te whakamahi i tēnei tūemi
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Photograph by Burton Brothers
Permission of the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa must be obtained before any re-use of this image.