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Ha'amonga'a Maui Trilithon

Lapaha, Tongatapu Island, Tonga
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Type: Monuments/ Statues, Mysterious Sites
Traveler Description: The Kingdom of Tonga was once the centre of an Polynesian empire. It's present capital Nuku'alofa is on the island of Tongatupu, it's ancient capital... more »
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Brisbane, Australia
12 reviews 12 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

A must go and see & climb! Like Stonehenge, just that it's in Tonga and built by Tongans centuries ago. Quite smart how it aligns with the sun during the year for the ancient Tongans to tell the different seasons. Located in the eastern village of Niutoua and its a short walk to the beach.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

The Ha'amonga Maui Trilithon sits in a historical park which contains a couple of other ancient monuments. It is 30km from Nuku'alofa and is in the far east of the island, close to the sea. What you see are the remains of the first Royal capital of Tonga. The arch is made of coral and dates to 1200 AD. A... More

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Buchs Aargau, Switzerland
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40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

It is great to see this big stone trilithon, knowing that it is made with primitive tools. Even if there are bigger stone buildings it is impressive and nicely set, it is definitely worth a look. Again best to visit it with a day tour where you get many infos from the guide.

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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38 reviews 38 reviews
14 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

Interesting coral rock structures from Tongas early history. Would have taken quite a few large burly Tongans to put them together. Probably one of the few sign posted attractions information boards on Tonga.

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San Diego, California
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34 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014

This was part of our island tour with a local guide where we stopped at many of the local and historical sites. There is not a whole lot to see but it is worth a 15 minute stop and listen to what the local guide says. There were 2 locals who had tables of tourist trinkets to sell which made... More

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Manila, Philippines
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34 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2013

This marker is found in northern Tongatapu island. These three coral limestones were known to have been built at the beginning of the 13th century under the 11th Tonga King Tuʻi Tonga Tuʻitātui (king that strikes the knee).... This marker according to the locals symbolises the brotherhood of the sons of Tuʻitātui- afa (eastern stone) and Talaihaapepe (western stone)....

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2013

best to make it a brief stop over on your coastal exploration. In a sunny day, a short walk to the rocky beach will give you a great view of the coast line.

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New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2013

Nice to see that the area around the Trilithon has been improved with better carparking and facilities. The stalls there are great if you haggle the prices. The history is interesting as is the albeit vague, similarity to Stonehenge.

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Nelson, New Zealand
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013

Worth a visit, we went with a local who gave us the history, very interesting. Liked seeing the old stones and the way it had been made

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013

We saw this whilst on a tour with Vei and as usual he gave us a great story on its origins, very interesting

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