Posted by: Ted | November 19, 2007

Pancake Rocks in Punakaiki

Punakaiki, New Zealand October 18, 2007

The drive south toward Greymouth includes one of the most beautiful coastlines in New Zealand. Imagine cruising the Pacific Coast Highway through hours of Malibu coastline with no homes or businesses. Just non-stop, unobstructed views of the ocean from towering mountainsides that seem to wind endlessly. Eventually you reach the Punakaiki Rocks.

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If Fred Flintstone were to stack Bedrock pancakes he would do it here and gaze on them during the late afternoon hours when the enormous waves collide over the rocks with thick white foam. We couldn’t have stopped here at a better time of day and spent an hour photographing the blowholes, caves and formations. Each of the thin layers of rock in the photo are about two feet thick raising these 35 million-year-old columns hundreds of feet above the water.

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