Our last day trip took us to two more beautiful localities in the area south of Hamilton. Firstly we visited the Mangapuhoe Natural Bridge. This is a huge limestone archway, formed originally as a large cave which partially collapsed, leaving the Bridge. The track from the road takes you through dense bush beside the river and right under the archway.
Beyond it you can walk through to a picturesque area of farmland, with a number of rock outcrops. There is a wall of rock made up of a bed
of oysters, similar to those we saw on the Whanganui River.
It is worth bringing a hammer and chisel to split open some of the layers, but even without them it is possible to find lots of fossil molluscs in loose boulders. These fossils are of a bivalve called monotis.
Here is a video of James finding some fossils: