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Our History
In 1886 the Rotorua region was shaken by the eruption of Mt Tarawera forming the Waimangu Volcanic Valley.

The eruption destroyed the surrounding area and opened the earth along a 17km rift, splitting Mt Tarawera in two. Lake Rotomahana exploded to 20 times its size, and the 7 craters formed that make up Waimangu Volcanic Valley.

Within 15 years of the volcanic eruption, the hot springs of the Waimangu Geothermal System were established within the newly formed craters, making this the world's youngest geothermal eco-system. Plant life returned to the devastated land 30 years after the eruption.

The Eruption & Birth of Waimangu
Born in the violence of volcanic eruption... in geological terms, Waimangu Volcanic Valley was created this morning! 
Ruaumoko Guardian of Waimangu
Ruaumoko Carving with Carver
A magnificent carving of Ruaumoko, God of volcanoes and seasons stands before you with Mt Tarawera as its backdrop. 
Eruption Chronicles
Read the story of the creation of Waimangu Volcanic Valley in Rotorua, New Zealand.
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