Suffocɑte With The Beɑuty Of 120 Million Yeɑrs Old Apple-Shɑped Rock Thɑt Suddenly Explodes In Two At Sunset

Situated in the Tasman Bay, off the northern coastline of New Zealand’s South Island, Split Apple Rock is a unique geological rock formation.

At sunset, Split Apple Rock suddenly split into two pieces, surprising both locals and tourists alike, revealing a stunning beauty before them.

Resembling a colossal apple neatly cleaved in half by a supernatural knife, this extraordinary boulder rests in the pristine, crystal-clear waters of Tasman Bay, serving as an unusual and captivating attraction for beachgoers.

Located between Kaiteriteri and Marahau in Abel Tasman National Park, Split Apple Rock is a natural formation composed of granite, estimated to have originated around 120 million years ago.

According to Maori legend, the rock was split apart by two deities engaged in a fierce rivalry over its possession. To settle the dispute, they used their immense godlike strength to fracture it into two halves. Hence, the Maori name for the rock is Tokangawha, meaning “burst open rock.”

A scientific theory suggests that water seeped into a crevice within the rock and froze during an ice age, causing the ice to expand and ultimately fracture the stone.

Located approximately 160 feet from the shoreline, the beach adjacent to Split Apple Rock can be reached by following a short trail just outside the town of Kaiteriteri. Alternatively, kayak tours or water taxis offer the opportunity to view the rock formation from the sea.

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