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Last weekend I was walking along the cliff at Narrow Neck beach. Narrow Neck is a suburb of the North Shore of Auckland, New Zealand.

In the distance you can see a very dry looking island – that is Motukorea, now known as Browns Island. It is a small volcanic island lying in the Hauraki Gulf, 1300 metres offshore from Auckland's eastern suburbs, which you can see on the right.

Motukorea was formed by a series of volcanic eruptions, all visible in today's landscape, and last occurring about 20,000 years ago. The first explosions formed a large tuff (volcanic ash and grit) ring, a remnant of which survives as the island's high eastern ground. Extensive lava flows formed lava fields and built up a cluster of small cones, the largest of which forms Motukorea's distinctive main cone and crater, 68 metres high.

Volcanoes are a conspicuous feature of the Auckland city landscape. Within a radius of about 20km centred on Auckland city there are 48 volcanoes; this is the area referred to as the Auckland volcanic field .

As you can see, the Hauraki Gulf is very popular for yachting in Auckland.

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