Te Mata Peak near Havelock North is a popular spot for runners, hikers and paragliders. On a clear day there are spectacular views across the landscape from the coast all the way to the volcanic peaks of Ruapehu in the centre of the North Island.
Armed with my Kiwi Fossil Hunter's Guide, I located a way to climb down on the eastern side of the peak to have a close up look at the cliff section just north of a radio mast, a few hundred metres down from the summit car park.
Although there isn't a wide variety of fossils in these rocks, there were some vary well preserved specimens such as these examples of a scallop called Phialopecten marwicki, as well as barnacles, oysters, brachiopods (lamp shells) and coral-like bryozoans.
show that water currents were strong, indicating shallow water conditions when the limestone was deposited.