Volcanoes of Auckland: The Essential Guide


Bruce W. Hayward, Graeme Murdoch & Gordon Maitland

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Volcanoes of Auckland is the definitive guide to Auckland’s fiery natural world:

  • accessible introduction to the science of eruptions, volcanic cones, lava and ash
  • history of Maori and Pakeha use of the volcanoes
  • illustrated guide to each of Auckland’s 50 volcanoes
  • new aerial photography, maps and historic photographs.

Volcanoes of Auckland: The Essential Guide will help readers engage afresh with the history, geography and geology of Auckland’s unique volcanic landscape.

From Rangitoto to One Tree Hill, Mt Victoria to Mangere Lagoon, the city of Auckland is defined by the volcanoes it is built upon. For tens of thousands of years, volcanoes have profoundly shaped the area’s geology and geography. And for hundreds of years, volcanoes have played a key part in the lives of Maori and Pakeha – as sites for pa, kumara gardens or twentieth-century military fortifications, as sources of stone and water, and now as parks and reserves for all to enjoy.

Volcanoes of Auckland is a fully illustrated account of these extraordinary natural phenomena – the essential guide for locals and tourists, schoolchildren and scientists, as they climb up Mt Eden or North Head and look around, trying to understand the volcanoes that so shape life in our city.


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Bruce Hayward is a geologist and marine ecologist based in Auckland. He is a former member of the Auckland Conservation Board and New Zealand Conservation Authority, and former president of the Geological Society of New Zealand. His wide interests in natural and human history have resulted in sixteen previous books on topics as diverse as archaeology, the kauri timber and gum industries, the history of Auckland cinemas, New Zealand fossils, volcanoes, building stones and conservation; and, as joint author, the popular A Field Guide to Auckland.

Graeme Murdoch is a historic heritage consultant, having previously worked as historian and then director of Heritage at the Auckland Regional Council, 1988–2006. Graeme has researched, lectured and written extensively on many aspects of Auckland’s human history for forty years and has a special interest in the region’s built heritage, Maori history, place names and traditions. He is co-author of A Field Guide to Auckland and author of Dreamers of the Day: A History of Auckland’s Regional Parks (2010).

Gordon Maitland is curator of the Pictorial Collection at Auckland War Memorial Museum with an extensive knowledge of image resources available in the museum’s collection and in other institutions. He has a particular interest is the early appearance and changing landscape of Auckland as documented by historic photographs, paintings and sketches.

Alastair Jamieson is an ecologist and photographer who has been documenting Auckland’s volcanoes for over twenty years. He is the director of the natural heritage consultancy Wild Earth Media (www.wildearthmedia.com).


September 2011, 270 x 220 mm, 240 pages, colour & b/w illustrations
Paperback with flaps, ISBN 9781869404796, $59.99