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Saturday, July 10, 2010

MANGAPOHUE NATURAL BRIDGE




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We went on a hike in Waitomo, and came to this natural bridge. The water had cut through the limestones, and created this bridge. I am not sure how long it will stay until it collapse.
MANGAPOHUE NATURAL BRIDGE
This beautiful reserve is located just 25km west of Waitomo. The natural bridge is a 'must-see'. The 17 metre high limestone arch, which spans the Mangapohue Stream is all that remains of the ancient cave system.

You can complete the loop track in 25 minutes, but if you have time you can continue your journey to discover 30 million year old fossilised oysters exposed in limestone outcrops.

21 comments:

Linda (PA_shutterbug) said...

There is a natural bridge in Virginia in a town called, yes you guessed correctly, Natural Bridge. The bridge is very high. A highway even crosses over it.

Luna Miranda said...

water is very powerful, it persevered until the limestone gave in.:p i love the photos.

have a wonderful Sunday!

Ginny said...

It's very unusual! We live very close to the famous Natural Bridge in Virginia. Great photos, did you take the one of the modern bridge? That one is so pretty almost like artwork.

Ginny said...

Oops, forgot to say I just signed as a follower of all your blogs. They're all so good, I couldn't pick just one.

Halcyon said...

I certainly have never seen a bridge like this before. Thanks for sharing!

Living In Williamsburg Virginia said...

Great shots.

Darryl and Ruth : )

Cezar and Léia said...

Fantastic!I would like so much to visit this place, the nature is wonderful and your idea about this post, the bridge is really cool!
Bon Dimanche
Léia - Bonjour Luxembourg

Oakland Daily Photo said...

Fascinating and unique post.

☺lani☺ said...

Interesting!

cieldequimper said...

That's brilliant!

You asked if autumn is setting in already on my post: the photo was taken in 2007!

Ruth said...

It looks beautiful. Here in the U.S. I'm guessing they wouldn't let it stay open to the public, if it could collapse or if stones could fall from it.

Francisca said...

I get woozy in the knees looking at that rushing water.

Kaori said...

What a view! Great name, too...although it sounds a bit risky :-)

VioletSky said...

Water can indeed do so much damage - yet thousands of years later we only see the amazing beauty!

Louis la Vache said...

This is a unique contribution to <a href="http://bayphoto.blogspot.com/2010/07/serie-du-pont-de-dimanche-xvi.html'>Sunday Bridges</a>, Ann.

"Fossilized Oysters"? «Louis» thought for a moment you were writing about his former father-in-law...

;-D

Mo said...

Louis made me laugh.

Ann said...

Mo,

May be Louis is Ben Stiller and his Robert De Niro is really his Father in law. LOL.

On a serious note, I did see some fossilised mussels and oysters, but I am quite skeptical about the age.

My son and I were watching "Meet the Fockers." last night.

Louis la Vache said...

Were those Fockers flying Messerschmitts?

Luckaa said...

Very nice and interesting place.

Elisa said...

Lovely and interesting
Best regards from Argentina
Elisa

Ebie said...

Your photos are beautiful. I saw the sign "Natural Bridges" when we explored Death Valley this past Spring. But it was too far to walk and it was getting.

I am glad you showed us these photos, now I know what Natural bridge looks like.