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Features unusual and dramatic rock formations of ancient volcanic rock, greywacke, red and green silt stone. It sits in an unspoiled, rural area with pebble beaches, quarry and small historic batches built in the early 1900s
Red Rocks (Pari-whero) is an area of national significance with fascinating geology and Maori history. Located on the southern tip of Wellington, Red Rocks are ancient pillow lava formed 200 million years ago by undersea volcanic eruptions. Small amounts of iron oxides give the rocks their distinctive red colouring.
This unspoiled, rural area also features a pebble beach, choppy coastline and nearby quarry.
A small group of historic batches built in the early 1900's can be reached by the coastal track and further around the coast there are some excellent views from gun emplacements and lookouts built during the major wars. On Sundays, the gate is closed and the route is only open for walkers and mountain bikers.