Deadwood

Tongues of dense bush reach out from the disc of forest that cloaks the perimeter of the national park—the country’s second, established in 1890.

Produced by New Zealand Geographic

Like monuments to a bygone ecology, relic specimens of huge rata claw at the sky at Waiweranui Stream. Beyond the green perimeter, the forest has fallen to axe and fire to make way for one of New Zealand’s great dairy regions.

Geological records suggest there have been major eruptions on the stratovolcano every 500 years for the past 135,000 years. Many included massive pyroclastic flows of lava and fast-moving lahar flows which formed the ridges and ring-plain of the mounga.

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