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Mount Tarawera is a famous attraction in Rotorua, New Zealand. It is an active volcano where some of the country’s most significant and the most destructive eruptions have occurred in the past — the notable ones being those that destroyed the Pink and White Terraces of Mount Tarawera. At present, the attraction is famous for hikes and a stunning view of Rotorua from the top of the mountain. Adventure freaks who know the region can come together, form a small group and head to the Peak. Tourists can contact one of the tour companies for a safe, guided and informative tour of the mountain. Locals often head to Mount Tarawera over a weekend. This attraction is usually included in the list of places that families can explore together.
Mount Tarawera was once recognised as the eighth wonder of the world till the eruption of June 1886 which resulted in significant destruction of the terrain and the death of 120 locals living nearby. Thirty high-intensity earthquakes followed the most powerful quake. It was accompanied by an explosion around 2:00 AM on the 10th of June, 1886. The blast affected several villages located in the radius of 6 kilometres. Volcanic ash was also seen in locations as far as 800 kilometres away. Scientists believe that a massive eruption that occurred in the 14th century resulted in temperature changes around the world and is also considered to be a possible reason for the Great Famine that struck Europe around the same year.