Has The '8th Wonder of The World' Been Rediscovered In New Zealand?

Published 2 years ago on June 12, 2017
By Vincent

The pink and white terraces of Lake Rotomahana were a popular tourist destination on New Zealand's North Island during the 1800s and people from all over the world traveled to see them but they soon fell off the map shortly after a volcanic eruption in 1886 covered them and the surrounding area.

By Andy king50 (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons


At the time, the area hadn't been surveyed by the New Zealand government and so the actual location of these stunning land formations was thought to be lost forever as they, and the lake they bordered, were completely covered but now researchers appear to have uncovered proof of where they might be and are looking into the possibility of getting them excavated.


By Charles Blomfield (1848-1926) (Unknown) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

New Zealand is a country with a wealth of natural wonders but this would be a massive discovery if they could be unearthed. The 2010 discovery of a geologist’s long lost diaries in a Swiss collection has allowed researchers to estimate their location, to within 35 meters.

The diaries belonged to Dr. Ferdinand von Hochstetter, a respected geologist who was employed by New Zealand’s government in 1859 to survey the islands and it appears that he recorded the bearings of the terraces. They may have, largely been destroyed by the ash and eruption that changed the landscape so dramatically in the area but excavation could see them return in some small way.

The local TuhourangiTriball authority is supportive of an excavation and so organization for the project is under way. Could we soon see a return of a long lost wonder of the world and, if so, will it attract even more people to the gorgeous islands of New Zealand? Only time will tell.

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