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Egmont National Park
is located south of New Plymouth
, close to the west coast of the North Island
of New Zealand
. It is named after the mountain which dominates its environs, which itself was named by Captain Cook
after John Perceval, 2nd Earl of Egmont
, the First Lord of the Admiralty
who promoted Cook's first voyage. Taranaki has been the Māori
name for the mountain for many centuries, and the mountain itself now has two alternative official names, "Mount Taranaki" and "Mount Egmont".
The park, established in 1900, is dominated by the dormant volcano
of Mount Taranaki
The park receives massive annual precipitation
which is essentially orographic
in origin as moist westerlies moving inland from the Tasman hit Mount Taranaki and the adjacent Pouakai and Kaitake ranges and are thus forced to rise. Since the area has high annual rainfall and a mild coastal climate there is a lush rainforest
covering the foothills, a forest which is nationally significant for the total absence of beech trees (genus Nothofagus
The model is created at a scale of 1:30,000 with 1.5x vertical exaggeration. It features a built-in base, so it sits perfectly on a desk or in a frame.
Model Data Sources:
Land Information New Zealand (LINZ)