Walk ends in tragedy

01:18, Jul 03 2011

A woman was crushed by rocks falling from a cliff while walking her dog on Saturday.

Initial reports from police said the 40-year-old woman had fallen from a clifftop walkway above Rothesay Bay on Auckland’s North Shore.

She had been found dead 50 metres below the cliffs on the beach.

But police later corrected that report, instead saying the woman was killed by a rockfall from the cliffs.

Police said: “At about 1pm today a 40-year-old female walking her two dogs on the beach under the cliffs at Rothesay Bay was hit and killed by rocks falling from the cliff.

“The death is not suspicious but members of the public need to be aware of the dangers of rocks falling in the area.”

Auckland Council sent engineers to examine the area, which has suffered ongoing erosion.

Signs have now been put up warning people away.

The two dogs were later found uninjured. 

The woman has not yet been named as police are still to advise next of kin.