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Well what an interesting first night in the camper at Punakaiki Beach Camp!! It rained all night and the wind was crazy! How the camper is still standing up right we will never know! We managed to shower, have some breakfast and we were ready to move on about 9:15am. We made another stop at Pancake Rocks and the Blowholes as the tide was high! It was awesome seeing the ocean crash up against the rocks and up through the surge pool. Back in the camper ...
... to get a good deal on a tour up to the glacier base through the rainforest and valley. I thoroughly enjoyed the trip as it brought Standard Grade Geography rushing back to me. All those diagrams of perfect formations of U-Shaped Valleys, the movement of moraine and side wall features came to life in a valley which still has an active glacier.
Since 1984 it had been the fastest glacier in the world, at times advancing up to 70cm per day. From 2008 it ...