Putangirua Pinnacles, Wellington

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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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  • This is a really interesting walk. From the carpark, you follow the stream up to the Pinnacles themselves. It is a relatively easy walk and well worth the effort. 
  • Enjoying the LOTR and traveling with a fan, ns went. She loved bcp and I bcp less!  It is an easy hike, a nice, but not spectacular corner according to me... Vs might if vs are great of the Lord!
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  • I decided we would do this walk before reading the reviews on here and then after I did I was a little sceptical that my children (and us unfit adults) would be able to do this walk. We took the river...  more »
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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.