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RANGITOTO
Maori name derived from the phrase
禅E RANGI I TOTONGIA A TAMATEKAPUA
THE DAY THE BLOOD OF TAMATEKAPUA WAS SHED.

The youngest of the islands in New Zealand痴 Hauraki Gulf isRangitoto, Auckland痴 most well known landmark. Rangitoto has commanding superb views of the city and surrounding islands from its summit, its terrain is a testament to the last volcanic eruption some 600 years ago. It is an island covered in rugged lava crops, lush native bush and sandy coves. Rising to a height of 260 metres the circular island presents the nearly the same similar uniform appearance and is visible from most parts of the mainland. Situated about 8 km northeast of Auckland. It has a wonderful volcanic landscape that supports over 200 species of moss, plants and trees including the largest pohutukawa forest in the world.

FACTS ON RANGITOTO
SUMMIT: 260m above sea level
AREA: 2311 hectares
CRATER DEPTH: 200m
LAVA FLOW DEPTH: 4 m deep, on average
MELT TEMPERATURE: 1100C Approximately
SOURCE: 125 km approx below earth痴 surface
OUTPUT: 2 cubic km approx of basalt

This is a photo of one of the baches (little holiday homes) on the island. I have always been intrigued by its garden. A LAVA garden, a true 迭ock Garden. The only plants growing on its patch are weeds and not native weeds at that either.

I hope you enjoy seeing this unusual garden.

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