Whilst driving in NZ I came upon the lehar fields around Inglewood and between Okato and Opunake, a landscape so strange that I am surprised it was never used in the Lord of the Rings. Maybe it will appear in the Hobbit films.
New Zealand is very volcanic and the Taranaki district [the south west] of the North Island is dominated by the volcanic cone of Mount Taranaki. During one of its active periods the volcano threw out gobbets of molten rock which formed what, I think, are called lahar fields. When the lava cooled it formed mounds. Some of these are quite large. We parked next to one that had a two lane road running through it.
|Inglewood with lahar fields to east|
There is very little on the internet about this strange, and perhaps unique, landscape. Maybe I am using the wrong search terms. If you have any information please add a comment.