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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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Sydney, Australia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

If your interested in Tonga's history of the Tongan Empire. This is one place you got to see, it's a pity thats it's not protected by the Tongan government.

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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Made with an exactness that belies the simplicity of the island. A friend met my chance says that the archeology of this island is a big unknown.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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22 reviews 22 reviews
4 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

If you have a car or scooter it is worth the drive past the fishing pigs to see this piece of Tonga history. Well signed and interesting facts to read.

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

There is only one rock formation and it is amazing to think how they possibly got the top rock up back in the old days. After 5 minutes you're done though.

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Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

The Trilithon is a small coral version of the Stonehenge monument in the UK. I thought it would be bigger and more impressive to be honest!

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Brisbane, Australia
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24 reviews 24 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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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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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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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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