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After a chat with the campsite owner we took his advice and drove up the road that hugged the coast northwards in order to visit the Pancake Rocks at Punakaiki. These are limestone rocks that look like stacked pancakes right on the cliff edge. At high tide the waves crash through blowholes in spectacular fashion. As luck would have it we arrived at low tide but still managed to see ...
... who have owned the land for 40 years (1,000 acres, and barely a square foot of it flat). The drive takes us up over the peninsula to a pass at about 2000ft and back down the other side to where we were to spend the next 2 nights. That road is barely one lane at best, and not a guard rail to be seen!
As the story goes Sheerin and Francis moved onto the land in the mid 70's ago to farm sheep and cattle. It turns out that their beach on the bay was also home ...
... no wonder this place was voted number 1 in the list of "must-do's for Kiwis"). We messed about on the slides, rode the lazy river and went in every pool, sometimes several times. There were pools with sulphur and minerals with supposed skin benefits and our favourite, the "aqua therapy, adults only pool". It basically had jets around the side blowing air and the strongest jacuzzi we have ever experienced. We even had swimming fuel for lunch - ...
... with a cherry glaze, Mike had a pork combo which was a pork steak with apple and ribs, and Alice had a bit of everybody’s! Feeling really full, but leaving space for desert of Sticky date pudding and cheesecake, we polished off every bite before bidding farewell to the very friendly waitress. It was dark and getting cold as we headed towards our car. The girls were all really tired after such a busy day, so we were looking forward to getting warm and getting home as soon ...
Saturday morning saw five hardy souls heading for the Lewis Pass and the Doubtful Valley in fine sunny weather. Upon arriving at the start of the track, we shouldered our packs and waded across the thigh deep Boyle river. After putting on our boots, we splashed across a boggy wetland then started our trudge along grassy flats and river banks, up the Doubtful river. Just over 2 hours later we reached the first of two huts along the ...
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