Pancake Rocks and Seals

Trip Start May 20, 2010
Trip End Sep 05, 2011

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Flag of New Zealand  , South Island,
Wednesday, November 24, 2010


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.  At the northern end was the walkway up to the seal colony. Although the viewpoints we quite far away from the seals,  they did give a great vantage point from which to observe the seals, either lazing on the rocks or frolicking in the 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.

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