Pancake Rocks for anybody
Trip Start Nov 18, 2009
234Trip End Jul 08, 2010
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After such a great day yesterday we took it easy this morning and didn't leave our campsite till 9.15.
Last night we chatted about a possible route that will eventually take us back to Christchurch on 4th February and would keep us out of any big towns, although none are really huge. Today we are only going from Hokitika to Punakaiki along the West Coast, going through Greymouth. This part of the coast gets good write ups with places to stop on route to view some stunning coastal scenery. Also at Punakaiki are some rocks called The Pancake Rocks and near these are some superb Blowholes. It is only about 100kms, so easy day for Tony.
Stopped a few times and got into chats with some nice couples who wanted to know the cost of campers and link it to the amount that they are spending on accommodation each night
Arrived early at our campsite today. Lunch then walked up a huge hill to town and the Pancake Rocks and Blowholes. The walk was only 40 minutes and the rock displays were tremendous as the sea was thundering into the small coves and caverns. The Pancake Rocks are a series of rocks that are formed in regular layers and look like a stack of pancakes. Apparently scientists cannot determine how or why these rocks came about.
After our walk we returned to our little camper to get things ready for tea. Tony also named thousands of photos from the Franz Josef glacier walks and Heli-Hike. Hels was away with Professor Leyton again…..it’s like being a bachelor!
Have to drive 160kms tomorrow to Karamea which is the furthest place that you can reach on the West Coast by road. Highway 6 that we have been on for 588 kms since Wanaka now shoots off across country and to the North East coast. We will have to travel back on ourselves in a couple of days to meet this road again and then decide where we go.
Only had to do a GOFF the other day rather than the usual GEOFF (Gas, Electric OFF), as I forgot to reconnect the electric cable to the mains…..oops.