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Natural Features In New Zealand
The grandeur of Wairere Boulders.
The length of the rock amassments on the valley floor is 1 1/4 km. There are thousands of boulders stacked on top of each other, some around 30 m high. They look like a stream of rocks and boulders flowing down towards the Hokianga Harbour.
Moeraki BouldersOn the North Otago coast is the seaside village of Moeraki. The beach north of Moeraki is strewn with huge round boulders that look like giant's bowling balls.
Maori legend tells us that these are food baskets, gourds and eel-traps that fell from the canoe Arai-te-uru that was wrecked on this coast..
Scientists have an equally interesting explanation. They tell us that the boulders were built up as concretions round small cores which hardened into the forms we see today...
Photo by Simon Fearby
Pancake Rocks at PunakaikiThe rocks at Punakaiki look for all the world like stacks of pancakes. At high tide the sea shoots up through blowholes. These are at their best when it's a bit windy.
The interesting rock formations are limestone eroded by the action of the sea. Easy walking track allow you to view the formations and take in the view.
Photo copyright Andrew Whyte Photography, who can supply good quality prints.
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