Motutaiko Island facts for kids
Motutaiko Island as seen from Tauranga Taupo
|Area||11 ha (27 acres)|
|Length||400 m (1,300 ft)|
|Width||550 m (1,800 ft)|
|Coastline||1,500 m (4,900 ft)|
|Highest elevation||600 m (2,000 ft)|
Motutaiko is formed out of a column of rhyolitic lava, connected to the geologic systems of Lake Taupo. The island was likely formed after an underwater magma vent's releases cooled and hardened into a cone, with Motutaiko forming the apex.
The island is spiritually significant to the Māori people, and landing on the island is therefore prohibited by the government. Rangituamatotoru, a major chief of the Ngāti Tūwharetoa, was buried in a sacred cave on the island in the 18th century.
The taniwha of Lake Taupo, Horomatangi, is said to live in a cave on the island's northeastern face. The creature is also said to be the pet of Ngātoro-i-rangi.
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