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Three Sisters And The Elephant

61 Clifton Road, Tongaporutu, Taranaki 4378 New Zealand

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Tue 12a-11:59p
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  • No Wifi
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“Instead of the '12 Apostles', New Zealand has the Three Sisters and the mighty Elephant Rock (minus his trunk)”

Really this whole magical place needs a name change. There used to be Four Sisters, which were large 25-metre spectacular rock formations, along with their majestic companion, Elephant Rock, but sadly the pounding ocean’s got to them all. Two of the sisters have crumbled and in 2016 the elephant lost its trunk to the fury of the sea.

But, just like the 12 Apostles along the Great Ocean Road in Australia (which are now only eight), the view of these sisters takes your breath away.

Along the North Taranaki coast, turn down Pilot Road, which is on the seaward side of State Highway 3 north of the Tongaporutu Bridge. If you want to get down with the sisters on the sand, turn off South Highway 3 down Clifton Road, which is south of the Tongaporutu Bridge. At low tide, you can walk along the river and around the point to find the formations. In nearby caves, you can also view a rock drawing of a curious six-toed foot.

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September 04, 2019
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This is really a Hidden Gem, you have to be sure to walk around the beach far enough to take in the amazing scenery, from the road you would not even know this exists.

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Three Sisters And The Elephant

61 Clifton Road
4378 New Zealand


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