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Mountains of New Zealand’s Coromandel Peninsula

37S 175.6E

August 28th, 2009 Category: Snapshots

New Zealand - August 16th, 2009

New Zealand - August 16th, 2009

The Coromandel Peninsula lies in the North Island of New Zealand. It is part of the Waikato region and extends 85 kilometres north from the western end of the Bay of Plenty, forming a natural barrier to protect the Hauraki Gulf and the Firth of Thames in the west from the Pacific Ocean to the east.

At its broadest point, the peninsula is 40 kilometres wide. It is steep and hilly, as the Coromandel Range forms a spine for the peninsula rising to nearly 900 metres. The contours of these mountains can be seen clearly in this orthorectified image.

By contrast, a flat area can be seen at the foot of the peninsula. This area is known as the Hauraki Plains, occupying the southern portion of a rift valley.

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