Akaroa Harbour Crater
August 25, 2008
Akaroa Harbour is the remains of one of two craters from the volcanoes making up Banks Peninsula on New Zealand's South Island. Volcanic activity here between 11 and 6 million years ago led to the formation of two overlapping volcanic cones, the second and largest being Akaroa Harbour. After this activity ceased, the volcanic complex eroded to half its original height and deep valleys were created. The present harbors at Akaroa and Lyttelton were formed when the valleys were flooded as the sea level rose to near its present height, about 6,000 years ago. This view is looking down at the harbor from the Hilltop Hotel, an ideal place to stop and take a break after driving the winding road over from Little River on the way from Christchurch. Photo taken on February 23, 2007.