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Wow, a natural wonder worth visiting.

You do need to plan to be there at the right time to get the tides right - and then its a short... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Auckland, New Zealand
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A grand day out

A short drive from New Plymouth is a lovely walk along the beach to see these magnificent standing... read more

Reviewed 3 September 2018
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“low tide”(16 reviews)
State Highway 3, Tongaporutu, New Zealand
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

You do need to plan to be there at the right time to get the tides right - and then its a short walk from the natural carpark around the rocks to the 3 sisters. The whole walk is amazing. Elephant rock with the holes...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Bobboir
Reviewed 3 September 2018

A short drive from New Plymouth is a lovely walk along the beach to see these magnificent standing pillars (and one you can walk through. Consider the tide times, and possibility you might get wet feet, and plan to arrive in time to walk further...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank EricM75
Reviewed 30 July 2018 via mobile

As explorers of our beautiful Taranaki region we decided to take the four leggered hound 1hr North of New Plymouth to Tongaporutu. Car parking is easy just past the strip of batches. Plan to go at low tide and take shoes you don’t mind getting...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Stricky82
Reviewed 17 May 2018

We went because of the review in NZ Frenzy and it was well worth the effort. You have to plan your trip around low tide as the first part from the car park involves wading through the river mouth and dark sand without seeing much...More

Date of experience: April 2018
2  Thank Chris_NYorks
Reviewed 3 April 2018 via mobile

Great place to visit on low tide, amazing sunsets. One hour out of new playmouth city centre. Check tidal times before visiting.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank dandeluxnz
Reviewed 14 March 2018

We drove up from New Plymouth (approx 60 mins) and loved this little spot. It was reasonably quiet and took us 10-15 minutes to walk down the beach and around to see the three sisters. The stone pillars themselves are beautiful but the beach itself...More

Date of experience: February 2018
1  Thank PeterWalks
Reviewed 16 February 2018

Take Clifton Rd off Highway 3 in Tongaporutu and continue down to the carpark. From there, it's a walk along the glittering black sand to the Three Sisters and Elephant Rock. Just make sure you keep track of the tides - the landforms are only...More

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank Liz R
Reviewed 3 January 2018

Accessible at low tides, beautiful beach, clean and tidy. standing not too far away from the Elephant Rock (with it trunk missing) are the Three Sisters Rocks, also looks like one is missing,being swept by the waves, a must to visit if you're around that...More

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank richkams
Reviewed 22 December 2017

Friends, who live in Mokau, took us to this attraction. Sparkling black sand (like metallic paint) and a lovely walk to the 3 sisters and elephant rock, with a distant Mt Taranaki in the background. Very similar to the 12 apostles in Port Campbell in...More

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank Andy R
Reviewed 13 December 2017

A beautiful stroll on the beach!! You want to go at low tide if you plan to see Elephant rock. The black sand sparkles and it is gorgeous!

Date of experience: November 2017
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