Waiinu Beach near Waitotara, just north-west of Whanganui, is home to some pretty unique geology. The beach is exposed to abrasive winds that drive the sand over the rocks and gradually wear them down into these highly polished conical shapes, called ventifacts. The name comes from the Latin "make by wind". Although these stones have often been misidentified as human made, they are 100% natural.
These rocks take thousands of years to shape, and concern was raised in the 1970s that they were being removed for sale or souvenir at a rate that meant they would soon disappear. The Taranaki-Whanganui coastline was made a ventifact reserve and it is illegal to remove them, so you can go and see them but cannot take one home.
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