Te Paepae o Aotea

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Te Paepae o Aotea are visible to the upper left, beyond Whakaari/White Island.

Te Paepae o Aotea, also known the Volkner Rocks (named after Carl Sylvius Völkner), are a group of andesitic rock stacks and pinnacles located 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) northwest of Whakaari/White Island in New Zealand's Bay of Plenty. They reach 113 metres above sea level, while the saddle separating them from Whakaari/White Island is over 200 metres deep.

The Te Paepae o Aotea Marine Reserve was established around them in 2006.[1] The area is popular with divers, due to good visibility (35–40 m), spectacular scenery and colourful marine life.

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  1. ^ "Marine Reserve (Te Paepae o Aotea (Volkner Rocks)) Order 2006 (SR 2006/281)". New Zealand Government. 15 September 2006. Retrieved 16 April 2013. 

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Coordinates: 37°28′05″S 177°07′48″E / 37.46806°S 177.13000°E / -37.46806; 177.13000