NEW ZEALAND - The North Island
On the Edge of the Rim of Fire
New Zealand is being torn apart every day by forces deep below the ocean.
The islands of New Zealand sit on two of the Earth’s great tectonic plates – the Australian and the Pacific – which are constantly moving away from each other.
This means that Christchurch in the South Island is sliding away from Auckland in the North Island by about four metres every century.
The motion between the two plates gives New Zealand its diverse geology – stunning mountain ranges formed from the plates squashing together, and deep lakes that were once active volcanoes.
New Zealand North Island
Bay of Plenty
The Northland Region in-depth
Explore the Northland Region
Bay of Islands, Poor Knights Islands, 90 Mile Beach and Cape Reinga are just a few of the well known destinations
Coromandel Region in-depth
Explore the Coromandel Region
About 400 km of impressive and unspoiled coastline with some of the best white sand beaches of the country, quaint historic towns...
Wairarapa Region in-depth
Explore the Wairarapa Region
Find Wairarapa tucked away in the south-east corner of the North Island at the foot of the Tararua Mountains. An area famous for its wine...
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Source(s): photos: New Zealand Tourism; photo: Boiling Mud: Tourism Rotorua
Last modified: 20100412