To Inspire domestic and international travellers to take an Island Escape cruise from Auckland to Mayor Island and back.
Our five-night Volcanic Islands adventure departs from the city of Auckland, which sits on a large volcanic field. There are 49 volcanoes within a radius of about 20km centred on the CBD. The most recognisable is Rangitoto, the huge black basalt lava volcanic island that symbolises Auckland more than any other geographic feature.
As we cruise away from the Hauraki Gulf, the rugged mountain ranges of the Coromandel Peninsula dominate the horizon. The peninsula is the eroded remnants of the Coromandel Volcanic Zone, which was highly active until about three million years ago. There are still hot springs on the peninsula, including legendary Hot Water Beach. In more recent times, volcanic activity has shifted southeast to the Taupo Volcanic Zone, which runs from White Island to Mount Ruapehu.
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