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Address: Lapaha, Tongatapu Island, Tonga
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This mysterious 11th-century stone arch weighs about 12 tons and is made up...

This mysterious 11th-century stone arch weighs about 12 tons and is made up of three large slabs.

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Trilithon for seniors

Give your imagination free reign with this ancient puzzle. Almost certainly an astrological clock. It's well-preserved, neat and tidy, good display boards and wonderfully clean... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
Kiwi_rua
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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245 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Give your imagination free reign with this ancient puzzle. Almost certainly an astrological clock. It's well-preserved, neat and tidy, good display boards and wonderfully clean toilets! No hazards, no hassles.

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Raglan, Waikato, New Zealand
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53 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This has history and is important to Tongans, it was a 5 minute stop and look, our guide told us a bit about it and the history, had a photo and that was about all there was to do.

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pukapuka
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104 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

but not that interesting. It is basically a ancient rock statue but its one of the only kind in polynesia. aka, a place to get stopped for souviers:)

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Wellington, New Zealand
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7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2016

Apart from marae platforms, there are relatively few large stone archaeological sites in Polynesia: the moai in Rapa Nui, the royal fish ponds at Kapoho in Hawai'i, and the Ha'amonga 'a Maui on Tongatapu. This site is easy to reach from Nuku'alofa if you have a car. Be aware of local pulling-out-onto-the-road customs though. Take your own food and bottled... More 

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Golden Beach, Queensland, Australia
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46 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2016 via mobile

Thw story makes the site more impressive It was helpful to have my brother, who lives locally, along as ut makes things so much more interesting to have a guide to explain the history.

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New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 28, 2016

If you are driving around for a look at Tonga don't miss a chance to see these monuments to days gone by. Great photo op

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Hillsboro, Oregon
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348 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 129 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2016

Back in the day this place used to be untended and overgrown. You could always climb on the "doorway". It is now an official tourist area. The grounds are well maintained and the paths to the ocean that signify the path of the sun are also well kept. There is great signage and it is gated with parking available. There... More 

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Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 21, 2016 via mobile

A must see when visiting tonga , warning that there people here that will sell you handcrafts. They are clever in attracting you to buy there items by offering "discounts" the prices are basically touristy prices , so purchase at your own discretion.

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Blenheim, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2016

We enjoyed this relic from the past, makes you wonder how the Islanders constructed it! Occupational Health and Safety (OSH) rules would stop them in NZ 2016 for sure. I was not impressed with the hard sell of a couple of trinket sellers who set up shop here, we are happy to support local enterprise but don't like being badgered... More 

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Nelson, New Zealand
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016

Worth seeing but not the most interesting sight in Tonga and beware that on Sundays the gates are locked but you can still walk down a field next door to get in.

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