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Address: Lapaha, Tongatapu Island, Tonga
Description: This mysterious 11th-century stone arch weighs about 12 tons and is made...
This mysterious 11th-century stone arch weighs about 12 tons and is made up of three large slabs.
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Great Photo Opportunity

We weren't expecting anything colossal and it is just the one stone arch that is left. Nevertheless, the kids had a great time climbing up the arch and we got some great photos... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 18, 2015
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Kiama, Australia
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Kiama, Australia
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27 reviews 27 reviews
4 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

We weren't expecting anything colossal and it is just the one stone arch that is left. Nevertheless, the kids had a great time climbing up the arch and we got some great photos. Nothing is signposted or advertised in Tonga so you have to be careful that you don't drive right by and miss some of the tourist attractions!

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Alexandria, VA
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181 reviews 181 reviews
53 attraction reviews
171 helpful votes 171 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

The Goverment of Tonga has nominated this site for inclusion in UNESCO's list of World Heritage sites. The site is indeed interesting but do not go with high hopes for something out of the ordinary.

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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

We hired a car and drove around to discover what the East side of Tongatapu had to offer on a Sunday...What we learnt: 1-Signage is almost non existent for a lot of the tourist attractions so it would probably pay to go with a local who is familiar with the popular attractions or be prepared to drive back a lot... More 

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Stavanger, Norway
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33 reviews 33 reviews
11 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

Interesting to come and visit, there is information about it too. The area is nice and clean but hard to find as nothing in Tonga id well signposted. Don't let the stall people force you to buy anything you don't want to as they can be really pushy.

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Greymouth, New Zealand
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

This pacific "stonehenge" is interesting as is the chief stone nearby. The weight of stones and stone craft has to be seen to be appreciated. unfortunately rubbish and slightly expensive hawkers are a negative

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21 reviews 21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

I have to admit I should have studied the history of it a bit more I know it was built at the beginning of the 13th century and myth suggests it was built by the demigod Maui. It is worth a look and there is a family there selling artworks and handcrafts and make sure if u buy from one... More 

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Alaska
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72 reviews 72 reviews
32 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

How do people build these things? I am always in awe..... could we in the "modern" world do it without machinery? I don't think so. I enjoyed seeing this and reading about the history. I found the space it occupied very well kept up.

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Lismore, Australia
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

It is always great to see some history! Apparently on top is where the sun first hits on a new day (in the world) Just needs to be cleaned up more, along with the rest of the east side of tongatapu

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Dunedin, New Zealand
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43 reviews 43 reviews
15 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

But the history behind this is pretty cool. Really great place to visit and another must see when visiting.

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Zurich, Switzerland
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93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014

After the Moai's of Easter island problably the most impressive stone-monument in the Pacific. It makes sense to include the visit of this trilithon as a part of a Tongatapu island-tour, which will also include the landing.sites of Abel Tasman and James Cook, the flying foxes near Kolovai, the blowholes of Mapu'a Vaea, a swim in the sea and in... More 

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