Story: Coastal erosion

Erosion, Whakarewa Point (2nd of 2)

Erosion, Whakarewa Point

These cliffs at Whakarewa Point are an example of a hard coast, which is slower to wear away than sandy coasts. However, the constant pounding of waves can undermine the cliffs and cause big blocks to tumble down. People who want to build their houses on coastal cliffs should be mindful of the cliffs’ rate of retreat.

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Willem de Lange, 'Coastal erosion - Shifting sands', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 13 August 2022)

Story by Willem de Lange, published 12 Jun 2006