Sugar Loaf Islands, an ancient volcano - Roadside Stories

A Manatū Taonga audio guide to Taranaki's Sugar Loaf Island's.

Check out the Ministry for Culture and Heritage's audio guide to The Sugar Loaf Islands and Paritutū in the Video tab.

The Sugar Loaf Islands and Paritutū are the remnants of an enormous volcano – the oldest in Taranaki. British explorer James Cook named the islands, which are the source of the mineral taranakite. Since 1991 they have been part of a protected marine park.

Taranaki region: geology and climate
Taranaki volcanic sequence
Mineral names

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