tarawera eruption

Events In History

  • 10 June 1886
    Eruption of Mt Tarawera

    The eruption lasted six hours and caused massive destruction. It destroyed several villages, along with the famous silica hot springs known as the Pink and White Terraces. Approximately 120 people, nearly all Māori, died. Read more...


  • Hinerangi, Sophia

    Best known as ‘Guide Sophia’ she was the principal tourist guide of the famous Pink and White Terraces at Lake Rotomahana.

  • George Valentine was one of a number of topographic photographers who were lucky enough to see the Pink and White Terraces at Mt Tarawera shortly before its eruption