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Auckland Field

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  • New Zealand
  • New Zealand to Fiji
  • Volcanic field
  • 1350 CE
  • Country
  • Volcanic Region
  • Primary Volcano Type
  • Last Known Eruption
  • 36.9°S
  • 174.87°E

  • 260 m
    853 ft

  • 241020
  • Latitude
  • Longitude

  • Summit
    Elevation

  • Volcano
    Number

The Global Volcanism Program has no activity reports for Auckland Field.

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The Global Volcanism Program has no Bulletin Reports available for Auckland Field.

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.

Eruptive History

There is data available for 1 Holocene eruptive periods.

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

There is no Deformation History data available for Auckland Field.

Emission History

There is no Emissions History data available for Auckland Field.

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).
See title for photo information.
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).
See title for photo information.
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).
See title for photo information.
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).
See title for photo information.
GVP Map Holdings

The maps shown below have been scanned from the GVP map archives and include the volcano on this page. Clicking on the small images will load the full 300 dpi map. Very small-scale maps (such as world maps) are not included. The maps database originated over 30 years ago, but was only recently updated and connected to our main database. We welcome users to tell us if they see incorrect information or other problems with the maps; please use the Contact GVP link at the bottom of the page to send us email.


Title: Hauraki
Publisher: Department of Scientific and Industrial Research
Country: New Zealand
Year: 1992
Series: Coastal
Map Type: Bathymetric
Scale: 1:200,000
Map of Hauraki

Title: Terrainmap Auckland
Publisher: Department of Survey and Land Information
Country: New Zealand
Year: 1988
Map Type: Topographic
Scale: 1:250,000
Map of Terrainmap Auckland

Title: Auckland
Publisher: NZGS, DSIR (Dept Scientific & Industrial Research)
Country: New Zealand
Year: 1987
Map Type: Geology
Scale: 1:250,000
Map of Auckland

Title: New Zealand Geol
Publisher: NZGS, DSIR (Dept Scientific & Industrial Research)
Country: New Zealand
Year: 1987
Map Type: Geology
Scale: 1:2,000,000
Map of New Zealand Geol

Title: New Zealand Topo Map
Publisher: Department of Lands and Survey New Zealand
Country: New Zealand
Year: 1983
Series: NZMS
Map Type: Topographic
Scale: 1:500,000
Map of New Zealand Topo Map

Title: Late Quaternary Tectonic Map of New Zealand
Publisher: Department of Scientific and Industrial Research
Country: New Zealand
Year: 1977
Series: Misc Map Series
Map Type: Geology (Tectonic)
Scale: 1:2,000,000
Map of Late Quaternary Tectonic Map of New Zealand

Title: N Island, Geol Map of NZ
Publisher: NZGS, DSIR (Dept Scientific & Industrial Research)
Country: New Zealand
Year: 1975
Map Type: Geology
Scale: 1:1,000,000
Map of N Island, Geol Map of NZ

Title: N Island, Quaternary Geol
Publisher: NZGS
Country: New Zealand
Year: 1973
Series: Misc
Map Type: Geology
Scale: 1:1,000,000
Map of N Island, Quaternary Geol

Title: Quaternary Geology-North Island
Publisher: Department of Scientific and Industrial Research
Country: New Zealand
Year: 1973
Series: Misc Map Series
Map Type: Geology
Scale: 1:1,000,000
Map of Quaternary Geology-North Island

Title: New Zealand
Publisher: US Central Intelligence Agency
Country: New Zealand
Year: 1971
Map Type: Geographic
Scale: 1:7,500
Map of New Zealand
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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