New Zealand is a unique place on the Earth’s surface. It is positioned along the collision zone of two of the Earth’s major tectonic plates, the Pacific plate and the Australian plate. The forces which have created our dramatic and beautiful landscapes also make New Zealand extremely prone to natural hazards such as volcanoes, earthquakes, tsunami, floods and landslides.
Our volcanoes are world renknowned, both in frequency of eruptions and volumes of material ejected. Familiar to trampers, skiers and travellers, they dot the landscape of the North Island and extend in a line under the ocean along the Kermadec Ridge towards Raoul Island and beyond.
Check out the extensive volcano research and monitoring done by GNS Science.
- Volcanoes at a Plate Boundary
- Types of Volcanoes & Eruptions
- New Zealand Volcanoes
- Monitoring Our Volcanoes
- Volcanic Hazards
- Eruption! What to do!
Also, our Geonet website gives updates on all the latest volcanic activity including web cams as well as details of recent earthquakes and other hazards.