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Kaimai Range and Bay of Plenty, New Zealand

38S 176.4E

March 30th, 2011 Category: Mountains

New Zealand - March 27th, 2011

This orthorectified image shows the Bay of Plenty, a large indentation in the northern coast of New Zealand’s North Island. It stretches from the Coromandel Peninsula in the west to Cape Runaway in the east, a wide stretch of some 259 km of open coastline.

The coastline from Waihi Beach in the west to Opape is defined as sandy coast, while the coast from Opape to Cape Runaway is rocky shore. The bay contains numerous islands, notably the active volcano Whakaari/White Island, which lies 50 kilometres from the North Island coast in the eastern bay. Other large islands include (from west to east) Matakana Island, Mayor Island, Motiti Island, and Moutohora Island.

Visible along the left edge of the image, west of the bay, is the Kaimai Range, part of a series of ranges, with the Coromandel Range to the north and the Mamaku Ranges to the south. The Kaimai Range separates the Waikato in the west from the Bay of Plenty in the east. The highest point of the range is Mount Te Aroha (952 m).

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