Putangirua Pinnacles, Wellington

Categories: Geologic Formations, Nature & Parks
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4.7/5 based on 55+ 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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  • Amazing formations and an enjoyable walk. You can take a fairly flat creek walk to the base of the pinnacles or a climb to the lookout. We did both in a loop which I would recommend. 
  • These are a collection of rocks that have assumed these shapes with time due to rain and water flow and other nstural processes. 
  • Beautiful scenery. Beautiful fresh air and a great hike to warm up the muscles. Would recommend! It was tu meke! 
  • 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.
  • The rock formations were amazing.
  • Amazing place, used as a location for films.
  • Amazing landscape
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