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Encyclopedia > Hunua Ranges

The Hunua Ranges are an area of hilly country to the southeast of Auckland in New Zealand's North Island. They cover a roughly square area of some 400 km 2 and rise to 650 metres.

They are located 40 kilometres southeast of Auckland, above the western shore of the Firth of Thames, and form a natural barrier between the waters of the firth and Hauraki Gulf, and the Waikato Plains to the southwest.

The ranges are sparsely populated, and most of them lie within the boundaries of the Waharau Regional Park. The conurbation of four cities that is the Auckland metropolitan area gets much of its water from reservoirs within the Hunua Ranges.

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HUNUA RANGES - 1966 Encyclopaedia of New Zealand (425 words)
The Hunua Ranges, roughly 25 miles south-east of Auckland City, extend from Firth of Thames in the east to almost the Great South Road in the west.
The Hunua Ranges are essentially a series of tilted, fault-bounded Mesozoic argillite blocks capped by remnants of Tertiary rocks consisting of sandstones, siltstones, limestones, and coal measures.
The Hunua Ranges first came into scientific prominence in January 1859, when a combined expedition of geologists, zoologists, botanists, and surveyors made a brief excursion along the western flanks to Mangatawhiri River where they embarked in three canoes and descended to the Waikato.
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