Aviation Photo #2105583 Boeing 737-33R - Air New Zealand

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Enroute AKL-WLG passing the amazing Mt. Taranaki. The near-perfect circle around the volcano is the protected deep forest of Egmont National Park, and the areas around it are farmland. As far as I have heard, the round shape exists because they chose to make the National Park circular, which creates this very interesting effect. New Zealand is just beautiful!
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    Fabrice Windus
    Air New Zealand
    Boeing 737-33R
    Boeing 737-300
    Boeing 737-300
    In Flight
    New Zealand
    November 27, 2010
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7 years ago
Beautiful. And interesting that they've managed to make a near-perfect circle of forest around the base.
7 years ago
Great picture - do you have more from New Zealand?
7 years ago
A truly stunning view! And superb quality...you really nailed it as the saying goes...

Capt. Dan
Northwest Airlines (Retired)
7 years ago
Very beautiful! What is the 'perfect circle' around this mountain?
7 years ago
Fabulous view! Does anyone know if that perfect circle around the volcano is man-made or just a natural formation?
7 years ago
What a ferfect circle, at first sight i thougt that you was flight over Nardo race circuit in Italy!
7 years ago
I will try to answer your questions, although I'm not a local. The dark circle is actually deep forest, whilst the areas around it are farmland. Thus the sudden change from farmland to forest.

So I don't think it is totally man-made, but they protected this circular area as a forest reserve and it later became Egmont National Park.
Actually, it is not a 'perfect circle', but in this photo, that area appears like the shadow of one of the clouds.

Thank you all for your kind words!
7 years ago
The near perfect circle is because conservationists drew a six-kilometer circle around the summit to mark the park boundary. Within the boundary is protected forest. Outside the boundary is farmland where the trees were cleared to make way for fields.
7 years ago
Very interesting stuff, never knew that
7 years ago
this is one of mother earth's eyes ?
7 years ago
My home!!!! I grew up next to this mountain. A great capture, its rare to get days as clear as this. I'm very jealous.
5 years ago
Amazing! Rarely ever do you see a circle in nature. It's as if God took a compass and traced around it. Great photo; love it!
4 years ago
So amazing!!!

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