Pancake Rocks and Seals
Trip Start May 20, 2010
195Trip End Sep 05, 2011
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Day : 194
Temperature : 23 degrees
Weather : Sunny and windy
We spent the night at a "holiday camp", which although not our scene, it did give us a chance to empty Harold's waste, do some laundry, get some blogging done, and give Harold a good clean and vacuum from all the sand that we had trampled in from the dunes.
We left Westport quite late, at 11am, and drove a few kilometres south to Tauranga Bay seal colony. The beach was beautiful here. Windswept and wild, with grey sand and crashing waves
We moved further south to Punakaiki and the Pancake Rocks and Blowholes. The drive along the coast was spectacular. As the road wound its way around the cliffs the views were breathtaking. Luckily, it was high tide when we arrived at the Pancake Rocks. As the name suggests, these rocks have been eroded and worn away over time into shapes which look like piles of thin pancakes. The huge waves crash and surge through the caverns with loud booms and the water spouts out through the blowholes.
We returned to Harold and drove on. We were planning on driving to Greymouth, but we soon passed a little lane which led all the way to yet another deserted, rugged beach. We decided to stop and camp for the night. This was just too beautiful a spot to pass by.