Two people were injured by a huge rockfall as they walked along the beach towards Cape Kidnappers in Hawke's Bay on Wednesday afternoon. The road to Cape Kidnappers and the beach remain closed on Thursday morning as local authorities assess the area's safety.
The couple were walking towards the gannet colony at the cape when tonnes of rocks and earth fell from the clifftops about 2:30pm. Denis Birnie, from Christchurch, was one of 68 people on a tractor tour of the gannet colony.
He says the tourists were making their way through an earlier, smaller rockfall when the cliff collapsed. RNZ Hawke's Bay reporter Anusha Bradley is at Cape Kidnappers. She describes the scene.
Photo taken by Levi Heaps show just how big the slip at Cape Kidnappers was pic.twitter.com/bxr5LZD7Cj— Anusha Bradley (@AnushaBradley) January 23, 2019
Tourist Denis Birnie captured this video of the slip pic.twitter.com/1DfTaTsfUC— Anusha Bradley (@AnushaBradley) January 23, 2019