New Zealand North Island
|Highest Point||Mount Ruapehu (2797 m/9177 ft)|
|Countries||New Zealand |
|Area||116,841 sq km / 45,113 sq mi|
Area may include lowland areas
|Extent||801 km / 498 mi North-South|
518 km / 322 mi East-West
|Center Lat/Long||38° 0' S; 175° 36' E|
|Map Link||Microsoft Bing Map|
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The North Island of New Zealand is dominated topographically by large volcanic cones looming over the landscape. The highest is recently-erupted (1996) Ruapehu (9177'/2797m), in the center of the North Island, and two lower peaks to the north, Ngauruhoe (7516'/2291m) and Tongariro (6457'/1968') are part of the same range. All three volcanos are part of Tongariro National Park, and Ruapehu offers skiing at two areas on its slopes, as long as there is no threat of lava flowing down onto skiers.
On an bulge on the North Island's west coast lies another volcano, Taranaki (8261'/2518m). Once known as Mount Egmont, it is the second highest peak on the island and an alomst perfect cone in the tradition of Japan's Fuji.
The remainder of the North Island is often very wrinkled topographically, but harbors only high hills and no major summits. Excluding the four big volcanoes, the highest summit is lowly Te Aroha (3123'/952m).
|Map of New Zealand North Island|
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Note: Range borders shown on map are an approximation and are not authoritative.
|Other Ranges: To go to pages for other ranges either click on the map above, or on range names in the hierarchy snapshot below, which show the parent, siblings, and children of the New Zealand North Island.|
Major Peaks of the New Zealand North Island
Photos of Peaks in the New Zealand North Island
A lone skier "boots up" from the top ski lift of the Turoa ski area towards the summit crest of Ruapehu (1993-11-12).
Looking back at the broad snowfields on the classic cone of Mount Taranaki (1993-11-28).
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