Kumara - Londonderry Rock
- Signposted just south of Kumara on SH73.
From the highway, a shingle road turns right to follow a canal and soon turns off to a car park. From here, an easy track leads through rich, mossy forest between large piles of tailing stones. This area was mined for gold intensively in the late 1800s.
The rock itself is about 8 metres high and estimated to weigh between 3000 and 4000 tonnes. It is a glacial erratic, carried here by the Taramakau Glacier and deposited when the glacier retreated. The rock was dislodged by sluicing around 1880 and fell with a thud that shook Kumara and stopped the local post office clock.
Return via the same track.
- 0.1 hours
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