Shore leave: St Paul's Rock

Whangaroa Harbour - New Zealand. St Paul's Rock, Whangaroa Harbour, New Zealand is reached by a 30 minute track through native regenerating bush. The rock is actually a volcanic plug and chains are installed to help you up the last 30 metres as this is steep, volcanic country - but the views are well worth it.

Extensive remnants of Māori terraces surround the rock and you can also see plenty of evidence of the volcanoes all across this region which erupted 20 million years ago. Whangaroa Harbour itself is famed for its beauty with steep rocky outcrops that fall sheer to the water as well as white sandy beaches. It lies in the north of New Zealand's North Island which enjoys a sub-tropical climate and is a favourite with yachts over the long New Zealand summers.

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