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Our Mountains & Volcanoes

A fiery past

While we tend to think of our region as a green, rolling land with some of the best soils in the country, it has a fiery, ancient past.

Volcanoes shaped our landscape and created the abundant soils in our area. In fact, the northern part of New Zealand is home to a greater concentration of extinct volcanoes than anywhere of similar size in the world. And those volcanoes have a greater diversity as well as a longer history of being active.