Story: Landslides

Tāhunanui Slump

Tāhunanui Slump

Some of Nelson’s most expensive real estate facing Tasman Bay sits on a prehistoric landslide known as the Tāhunanui Slump. The hillside above Rocks Road from Magazine Point (left) to Tāhunanui Beach (right) is a landslide that started moving a few thousand years ago. The edges of the landslide are marked by the green line, and it is divided into active (currently moving) and inactive (ceased moving) portions. The boundary between these portions is indicated by a white line. The landslide tends to move most during heavy rainfall, or ground shaking caused by earthquakes. Building restrictions mean that any further development on the active part of the slump is unlikely, as parts of it are still moving, albeit very slowly.

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How to cite this page:

Michael J. Crozier, 'Landslides - Notable New Zealand landslides', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 18 July 2024)

Story by Michael J. Crozier, published 12 Jun 2006