Story: Canterbury places

Cave Rock

Cave Rock

Cave Rock is an unusual volcanic formation on Sumner Beach. For many years it has provided a playground for Christchurch children visiting the beach. Māori call the rock Tuawera, and say that it represents the carcass of a legendary whale washed up on the beach.

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John Wilson, 'Canterbury places - The Port Hills', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 26 September 2023)

Story by John Wilson, reviewed & revised 6 Jul 2015, updated 17 Aug 2015