A significant landscape feature that forms a flat ‘table-top’ made of Raki Siltstone.
When cycling on the Duntroon to Oamaru section of the Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail between Tapui tunnel and Windsor, you pass through the disused Rakis Railway Tunnel. Alternatively, you can park your vehicle at the tunnel (make sure you take a torch because it is very dark inside).
Above this tunnel lies a significant landscape feature that forms a flat ‘table-top’ made of Raki Siltstone. There is a fantastic place to view Rakis table from the intersection of Peaks and Conlans Road – safety first – this road is shared between cyclists and vehicle users – make sure you stand off the road. Raki Siltstone was deposited around mid-Eocene (approximately 42 million years ago) in a marine environment.
Historically this site was the location of experimenting with rain making in the late 19th Century. Incredibly dynamite was used to seed the clouds. The desired outcome was not achieved.
Please be aware the following hazards include: Traffic (if viewed from Peaks and Conlans Road intersection). If at the tunnel: slippery underfoot, cycle traffic, dark (torch recommended).
Scenic views & Photo opportunities
Cycle on the Duntroon to Oamaru section of the A2O. You will cycle through the disused tunnel between the Tapui tunnel and Windsor. Or take the car and park it on Tunnel Rd. From Windsor, take Peaks Rd for 6km, turn left onto Tunnel Rd. Follow the road for 1km and park your vehicle.
Protection and guardianship are at the heart of the Geopark philosophy. We ask you to treat this site with respect, do not remove anything from this site and preserve it for our future generations.