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Rangitoto, Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland's youngest volcano. Image: LEARNZ.

Exploring the Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland Volcanic Field.

Travel to Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland to discover more about the fiery past of Auckland’s Volcanic Field Ngā Tapuwae ō Mataaho. There are over 50 volcanoes within the Auckland Volcanic Field (AVF).

The AVF has been active for around 200,000 years. The most recent and largest volcano is Rangitoto, created around 600 years ago from at least two eruptions. As Māori became established in Aotearoa New Zealand, the maunga were valued as natural places for pā, with their rich volcanic soils and their unique form and height for easy defence.

Evidence of a hot magma source deep beneath Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland suggests there could potentially be an eruption in the future. Before a new eruption starts, scientists will be using forecasting models to try to predict when and where a new volcano will appear.


To find out how large parts of the city would be affected by the likely next eruption, and how to be prepared for the impacts of volcanic activity.

Key learning

  • Explore science and mātauranga behind the Auckland Volcanic Field Ngā Tapuwae ō Mataaho.
  • Look at evidence of past volcanic eruptions.
  • Hear stories about volcanoes from mana whenua.
  • Visit Rangitoto, Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland’s youngest and largest volcano.
  • Explore the inside of a lava cave.
  • Investigate the impacts of a future eruption in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland.
  • Meet experts in hazard preparedness and learn about how you should plan to manage the impacts of a volcanic eruption.

Student-led inquiry

Empower your ākonga to take charge of their learning journey. Encourage them to ask meaningful questions, explore resources, and embark on their own journey of volcanic hazard preparedness.

Curriculum alignment

This virtual field trip aligns with the refreshed New Zealand Curriculum. It covers a range of learning areas, predominantly science and social sciences. Access guidance that supports teaching and learning to align with curriculum goals.

Curriculum guide

Sustainable development goals

United Nations SDG 11This trip reflects the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), especially Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities: Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.

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Launch date

The official launch date for this trip is Monday 5 August 2024.

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