PHOTOS: Mt Taranaki in epic shots from International Space Station


Mt Taranaki - the magnificent geological pustule on the west coast of New Zealand's North Island - has been caught on camera from an unusual perspective.

The mountain is known for its defined conical appearance when viewed from the ground - but French astronaut Thomas Pesquet took his photo from the International Space Station, revealing what he called "a perfect circle emerging from the green forest".

The haunting image captures the hard lines of Taranaki's ridges, stretching out from its snow-covered summit and into tendrils of valleys in the deep green of the surrounding bush, bordered by farmland.

Another stunning detail of the image is the wisp of cloud caught moving across the 2518-metre mountaintop.