5K walk....and not an easy one!
Trip Start Mar 13, 2011
13Trip End Mar 27, 2011
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Our drive today takes us north to Reefton, west to Westport and south along the Tasman sea back down to Greymouth. Reefton is a current mining town with a great history. We take a tour of museum dedicated to the gold mining industry in Reefton and have Billy tea (made in Billy pot) with a group of old miners. They have long bushy beards and still have dirty fingers.
After lunch we take a ride to a place called Cape Foulwind Walk. It is the most amazing walk along the cliffs overlooking the Tasman Sea. The walk is about 5K and it was quite hilly, but so worth it! The color of the Tasman Sea is blue like the Mediterranean Sea and so clear. At the end of the walk is a colony of about 30 seals. They are the exact color of the rocks so it was so hard to see them. There were a couple of baby seals and they were swimming and jumping in the water.
Our final stop of the day was in Punakaiki, home of the Pancake Rocks. These were so cool. The force of the sea has created these unique rocks that are ever changing. Since we had another amazingly beautiful, calm, sunny day we didn't see the full effect of these rocks. If the sea is turbulant and the tide is high, the Pancake Rocks will display huge blowholes.