Volcanoes of Auckland: The Essential Guide

Bruce W Hayward, Graeme Murdoch and Gordon Maitland

Author: Bruce W Hayward,
Author: Graeme Murdoch
Author: and Gordon Maitland
Availability: No longer in print
Format: Paperback with flaps
Pages: 240
Published: September 2011
Specs: 27.0cm x 22.0cm
ISBN: 9781869404796

Volcanoes of Auckland is the definitive guide to Auckland’s fiery natural world featuring an accessible introduction to the science of eruptions, volcanic cones, lava and ash; a history of Maori and Pakeha use of the volcanoes; an illustrated guide to each of Auckland’s 50 volcanoes and new aerial photography, maps and historic photographs. Volcanoes of Auckland: The Essential Guide will help readers engage afresh with the history, geography and geology of Auckland’s unique volcanic landscape.

From Rangitoto to One Tree Hill, Mt Victoria to Mangere Lagoon, the city of Auckland is defined by the volcanoes it is built upon. For tens of thousands of years, volcanoes have profoundly shaped the area’s geology and geography. And for hundreds of years, volcanoes have played a key part in the lives of Maori and Pakeha – as sites for pa, kumara gardens or twentieth-century military fortifications, as sources of stone and water, and now as parks and reserves for all to enjoy.

Volcanoes of Auckland is a fully illustrated account of these extraordinary natural phenomena – the essential guide for locals and tourists, schoolchildren and scientists, as they climb up Mt Eden or North Head and look around, trying to understand the volcanoes that so shape life in our city.


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The Auckland of a beautifully illustrated new book has a sensational history, full of "fusiform bombs", "superheated steam", "pulsating episodes" and "ballistic  trajectories". And it's not over yet, according to recently released book Volcanoes of Auckland: The Essential Guide . . . – Rebecca Priestley, NZ Listener

More than half the book is devoted to an illustrated guide to Auckland's 50 volcanoes, from Rangitoto, which erupted 600 years ago, to Pupuke and Onepoto, each about 250,000 years old. This section of the book includes stunning aerial photographs, historic paintings and maps, and information about the geology, landforms and human history of each volcano. – Rebecca Priestley, NZ Listener

. . . I have read it from cover to cover and I can fairly claim that it is the riveting and definitive guide to Auckland extraordinary natural phenomena . . .  – Graham Beattie, Beattie’s Book Blog