Big wave, wet walk

Last updated 14:42 03/01/2014
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Big waves and a high tide made for a wet trip along New Plymouth's Coastal Walkway today.

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Should I or shouldn't I? A man contemplates whether or not to walk on New Plymouth's Coastal Walkway during high tide.

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A wander along New Plymouth's Coastal Walkway was a soul soaking experience for many today but not because of rain.

A 3.8 metre high tide at 11.56am this morning, combined with a large swell and north westerly winds pushed the sea into the path of holiday makers and art lovers watching the stone carving symposium.  

"It's more exciting than the carvers," said one onlooker as a group of sea-soaked tourists had their photo taken with a huge wave crashing over the rocks behind them.

Water is due to start falling from the sky later this afternoon, as the front lashing Wellington with high winds and rain moves north towards Taranaki. 

MetService has forecast a fine day tomorrow before another large, wet and windy front arrives on Saturday night and stays for the rest of the weekend.

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