Putangirua Pinnacles, Wellington
(4.6/5 based on 65+ reviews on the web)
The Putangirua Pinnacles are a geological formation and one of New Zealand's best examples of badlands erosion. They consist of a large number of earth pillars or hoodoos located at the head of a valley in the Aorangi Ranges, on the North Island of New Zealand, in the Wairarapa region.

Some 7 to 9 million years ago when sea levels were much higher, the Aorangi ranges were an island and as this landmass was eroded over time, large alluvial fans formed on its southern shores. Within a few million years however, sea levels rose again and this island was submerged also. Since the Ice ages, sea levels have receded and the old alluvial fans have been exposed to the erosive forces of wind and water, which have weathered away the conglomerate. In some places this conglomerate is protected from erosion above by a cap of cemented silt or rock, resulting in the formation of spectacular Pinnacles, many of which have prominent fluting caused by rainwater running down their sides during major storms.
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  • Get yourself down to Cape Palliser for the day and hike around the Putangirua Pinncales. You may recognise them from the Path of the Dead scene in the Lord of the Rings. It is absolutely beautiful her...  more »
  • This walk didn't appear to be very popular as there was only one other car in the car park when we got there. There are two ways to reach the lookout. We decided to take the bush walk on the way up an...  more »
  • The Pinnacles are fascinating as is the entire coastline. It's like going back in time. Remote and rugged. Lovely drive from Wellington. 
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  • This was a beautiful, relatively short hike to an interesting geological phenomenon. My husband and I packed a picnic and had a fantastic afternoon here.
  • It's a LOTR location making it the big draw card. The hike won't actually take you to the pinnacles but a view over them. If you are short on time, take the river bed walk and have fun recreating scenes from the movie.
  • A bit of a shame I couldn't find the entrance to the walk 😢 which sucks because I really wanted to go there
  • The rock formations were amazing.
  • Amazing place, used as a location for films.