Tongaporutu (H11)

Tongaporutu River mouth on the northern Taranaki Coast.

GPS: -38.817068 174.591154

An article in NZ Geographic, mentioning the elusive spherical boulders of Tongaporutu  http://www.nzgeographic.co.nz/archives/issue-81/tongaporutu-coastline

Tongaporutu Overview

Tongaporutu Overview

 

Carpark area for the Tongaporutu low-tide beach walk

Carpark area for the Tongaporutu low-tide beach walk

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Overlooking the Three Sisters (2 now) from the Pilot Rd road-end...with Taranaki in the hazy distance.

Overlooking the Three Sisters (2 now) from the Pilot Rd road-end…with Taranaki in the hazy distance.

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My cover shot.  Sometimes I think Mother Nature really likes me and shows me her finest so I'll write good things about her.

My cover shot. Sometimes I think Mother Nature really likes me and shows me her finest so I’ll write good things about her.

The mysterious sphere boulders on the blacksand low-tide-only beach north of the Tongaporutu River mouth.  These babies are ELUSIVE, to say the least!

The Moeraki-type-boulders on the north side of the Tongaporutu River.  These are fairly rare to see, as the sand was low this particular visit.

The Moeraki-type-boulders on the north side of the Tongaporutu River. These are fairly rare to see, as the sand was low this particular visit.

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The Tongaporutu concretions, adoning the black sands

The Tongaporutu concretions, adorning the black sands

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On a different visit to Tongaporutu…looking for the spheres.

The Tongaporutu spheres...just barely.

The Tongaporutu spheres…just barely.

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Another different year at the boulders site...this time I could see just the tops.

Another different year at the boulders site…this time I could see just the tops.

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This is where the concretion boulders lay, but obviously they are covered-over by black sands on this day.  Damn!

This is where the concretion boulders lay, but obviously they are covered-over by black sands on this day. Damn!

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Archways on the beach north of the Tongaporutu River

Archways on the beach north of the Tongaporutu River

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Hmmmm, tunnels, sea stacks, and Mt Taranaki in the distance.  Gotta love Tongaporutu!

Hmmmm, tunnels, sea stacks, and Mt Taranaki in the distance. Gotta love Tongaporutu!

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Tongaporutu magic, north of the river.

Tongaporutu magic, north of the river.

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The author hard at work at the double arch south of the Tongaporutu River.

The author hard at work at the double arch south of the Tongaporutu River.

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Tongaporutu concretions birthing from the sandstone cliffs.  These are along the river mouth area.

Tongaporutu concretions birthing from the sandstone cliffs. These are along the river mouth area.

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More double archways...will my work never cease?

More double archways…will my work never cease?

OK, now we go atop the bluff to see if the high tide waves are bashing the Tongaporutu Cliffs.

This is the rusted plow along the road that you need to look for to find the MacKenzie boulder lookout cliff.

This is the rusted plow along the road that you need to look for to find the MacKenzie boulder lookout cliff.

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Cows at watch at the MacKenzie Boulder overlook area.

Cows at watch at the MacKenzie Boulder overlook area.

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Tongaporutu wave bash!

Tongaporutu wave bash!

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Wave bashing the Tongaporutu Cliffs at the MacKenzie Boulder

Wave bashing the Tongaporutu Cliffs at the MacKenzie Boulder

Wave bashing the Tongaporutu Cliffs at the MacKenzie Boulder.

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