White cliff boulders
Have you heard of or seen the Moeraki Boulders found on an Otago beach down in the South Island?
Believe or not something similar can found within The Iron Gates Experience, but not a beach in sight.
The mudstone White Cliff Boulders are known as cannon ball concretions and can be found about 30 minutes west of Rangiwahia and situated next to the Rangitikei River.
Some of them are very large, some have been split in half and some have tree roots growing through them.
The Boulders are accessed via Peka Road, near Ohingaiti.
Coming south through Rangiwahia, turn right onto Mangamako Road by Pemberton corner on the way to Ohingaiti. After about 15 minutes turn right onto Peka Road, which is gravel. Travellers may be unaccustomed to gravel roads so please drive carefully and keep well left.
Drive to the end of Peka Road and continue all the way up to the top of the large hill, where there is gate with a sign on it "Whitecliffs Boulders". Drive through the gate and down to the carpark, keeping to the track at all times.
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Titoki Native Trees.
When you visit the White Cliff Boulders you will find Titoki native trees amongst them. They are found in lowland forests from sea level to 600 m throughout the North Island down to Banks Peninsula in the South.
Titoki favours river flats and is about 60 cm through the trunk growing to about 10 m high often covered in lichen.They produces tiny flowers, which are pleasantly fragrant. The seed capsule is somewhat woody & opens to reveal a glossy black seed partly embedded in scarlet flesh. The black seed is poisonous.
Credits - The Native trees of New Zealand - J.T. Salmon