See nature’s creativity at its finest in these stunning rock formations, witnesses to the perpetual thumping of the waves, storms and raging winds.
This cove in The Coromandel is a true scenic gem, overlooked by chalky white and pink limestone cliffs and an impressive natural cavern of cathedral-like proportions. Cathedral Cove has even made it to the big screen in the Chronicles of Narnia – Prince Caspian and a Macklemore music video.
Sprouting out of the Pacific Ocean off the wild end of the Bay of Islands' Cape Brett is Motukokako. What’s special about this island is the hole in it – Hole in the Rock. This icon of the north is an easily accessible island tunnel so big it can fit medium-sized cruise boats through it.
The Moeraki Boulders in Waitaki are geological marvels, perfectly rounded by erosion of sedimentary rocks laid down from 65 to 13 million years ago. According to Maori legend, the boulders are gourds washed ashore from the great voyaging canoe Araiteuru when it was wrecked upon landfall in New Zealand hundreds of years ago.
Sitting in a tractor trailer is just one of the ways you can get here, and that is half the fun. Cape Kidnappers is an extraordinary sandstone headland in Hawke's Bay. Home to the largest and most accessible gannet colony in the world, it was so named by Captain Cook after an attempt by local Maori to abduct one of his crew.
The most iconic landmark of Piha, one of Auckland’s famous West Coast Beaches, is another rock formation that is steeped in Maori tradition. Geologically, Lion Rock is the eroded neck of a volcano which erupted 16 million years ago. The orange scarp on the rock’s south-facing slope vividly shows the continual erosion.