popular place to visit today is the Buried Village which has Whare's
(houses) still buried in ash. The eruption also destroyed the
Pink and White Terraces - two beautiful silica terraces on the
side of Tarawera which were a huge worldwide attraction
in a time when Yellowstone National Park in the USA had not yet
begun to attract popular attention.
is a part of the Okataina Volcanic Center - a wider area which
lies to the east of Lake Rotorua. This area has been the site
of 5 or 6 huge eruptions between 400,000 and 50,000 years ago.
Like Taupo, these eruptions caused the surrounding ground to collapse
causing a basin known as a caldera. These massive eruptions buried
large area's under 50m - 100m of pumice that was hot enough to
weld together forming ignimbrite, which looks like concrete.