Mount Tauhara

Mount Tauhara is a dormant volcano on the edge of the Taupo caldera (Lake Taupo) and overlooks Taupo town. Tauhara volcano is thought to have last erupted about 65,000 years ago. Eruptions that built the volcano probably involved the relatively peaceful extrusion of dacite lava compared to the highly explosive 182AD Taupo eruption. The top of Tauhara volcano appears to be covered by a thick mantle of rhyolite pumice, I suspect derived from the Taupo eruption. The path near the top is deeply eroded into this pumice layer. The walk up is relatively easy and a return journey can be made in about two hours. The reward for the climb up this 1088m peak is the spectacular 360 degree view of the central plateau!

Contains data sourced from Land Information New Zealand and Landcare Research under CC-By.
Latitudes and longitudes use the WGS84 datum.
Elevation range 593m – 1,095m Total ascent 558m
Recorded distance 3.3km Total descent 74m
Points 373 Average grade 19%
Start -38.704854, 176.140241596m
End -38.695233, 176.1620991,080m


Latitudes and longitudes use the WGS84 datum.
Deeply eroded path, 30-DEC-09 11:57:44AM -38.695251 176.158618
Farmland path, 30-DEC-09 11:32:19AM -38.702177 176.141872
Tauhara bush track, 30-DEC-09 11:49:11AM -38.697732 176.151238
Trig Point view of volcanoes, 30-DEC-09 12:08:59PM -38.694054 176.163225
View of Taupo town, 30-DEC-09 12:11:41PM -38.695225 176.162101



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Added 28 February 2010 by Roderick. 3 revisions, most recently 28 February 2010 by RoderickRoderick.
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