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Tauranga Harbour and Lakes Rotorua and Tarawera, New Zealand

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December 25th, 2011 Category: Lakes

New Zealand - December 22nd, 2011

This orthorectified image shows the Tauranga Harbour (upper left quadrant, top), Lake Rotorua (rounded, bottom center) and Lake Tarawera (smaller, right of former) on New Zealand’s North Island. The harbour is the location of the Port of Tauranga, New Zealand’s largest export port.

Lake Rotorua is the second largest lake in the North Island of New Zealand by surface area, and covers 79.8km2. With a mean depth of only 10 metres it is considerably smaller than nearby Lake Tarawera in terms of volume of water. It is located in the Bay of Plenty region. The city of Rotorua is sited on its southern shore, and the town of Ngongotaha is at the western edge of the lake. The lake was formed from the crater of a large volcano in the Taupo Volcanic Zone.

Lake Tarawera is the largest of a series of lakes which surround the volcano Mount Tarawera in the North Island of New Zealand. Like the mountain, it lies within the Okataina caldera. It is located 18 kilometres to the east of Rotorua, and five kilometres to the west of the mountain. The lake’s surface area is 39 kmĀ².

Kaimai Range and Bay of Plenty, New Zealand

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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).

Mountains of New Zealand’s Coromandel Peninsula

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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.