Auckland Field

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  • 36.9°S
  • 174.87°E

  • 260 m
    853 ft

  • 241020
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Eruptive History


Summary of Holocene eruption dates and Volcanic Explosivity Indices (VEI).


Start Date Stop Date Eruption Certainty VEI Evidence Activity Area or Unit
1350 (?) Unknown Confirmed   Radiocarbon (uncorrected) Rangitoto

This compilation of synonyms and subsidiary features may not be comprehensive. Features are organized into four major categories: Cones, Craters, Domes, and Thermal Features. Synonyms of features appear indented below the primary name. In some cases additional feature type, elevation, or location details are provided.

Photo Gallery


Auckland, New Zealand's largest city, is constructed over the 140 sq km Auckland volcanic field. The volcanic field contains more than 50 maars, tuff rings, and scoria cones that were formed during eruptions over the past 150,000 years. Of the 19 eruptions known to have occurred during the past 20,000 years, only one, Rangitoto, took place during the Holocene. It formed a low shield volcano capped by a scoria cone about 600 years ago.

Photo by Jim Cole (University of Canterbury).
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Rangitoto shield volcano, the youngest volcanic center of New Zealand's Auckland volcanic field, forms a 5.5-km-wide island. The volcano, seen here from the NW, erupted about 600 years ago and is capped by a scoria cone containing a deep crater. The 140 sq km Auckland volcanic field contains more than 50 maars, tuff rings, and scoria cones. Of the 19 eruptions known to have occurred during the past 20,000 years, only Rangitoto has erupted during the Holocene.

Photo by Jim Cole (University of Canterbury).
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Brown's Island (also known as Motukorea), in Waitemata Harbour, New Zealand, is composed of the remnant of a tuff ring (right side), scoria cones (center), and lava flows that form the flat peninsula in the foreground. It is one of 50 Pleistocene-to-Holocene centers in the Auckland volcanic field. The low-angle slopes of lava flows from Rangitoto, the only Holocene center, are visible to the north in the background.

Photo by B. Thompson (published in Green and Short, 1971).
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The 140 sq km Auckland volcanic field is overlain by New Zealand's largest city. This view looking SW from the summit of Rangitoto volcano shows volcanic cones on a peninsula extending into Waitemata Harbor with downtown Auckland behind it. North Head (left) and Mount Victoria (right) on the peninsula are two of the more than 50 maars, tuff rings, and scoria cones that have formed in the past 150,000 years in the Auckland volcanic field. Rangitoto is the only known Holocene center.

Photo by Ichio Moriya (Kanazawa University).
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Smithsonian Sample Collections Database


There are no samples for Auckland Field in the Smithsonian's NMNH Department of Mineral Sciences Rock and Ore collection.

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