Monday, April 9, 2012

Pancake Rocks

This post is for Our World Tuesday

Trip Part 14 - Final!

Our trip up the west coast of New Zealand was aimed at seeing the Pancake Rocks at Punakaiki. We remembered this area very well from our trip here when we were children and the main difference seemed to be lots more tourists viewing the area and lots more barriers to stop people from foolishly getting too close to danger at the edge of the rocks.
The Pancake Rocks have been formed by erosion between hard and softer layers of rocks. The result is spectacular.
The rock formations have been upthrust from under the sea and the force of the sea is obviously still eroding the whole area. There are deep channels between and also under some of the rock stacks.

This photo was taken from the walking track out to the Pancake Rocks and looking south.
From here we turned south again to go back towards Greymouth and then the next day to travel back to Christchurch and then back home again. We stayed at the Beachview Motel just north of Greymouth at the little town of Rapahoe. The motel was very comfortable...
...with the most spectacular view right out the front door of the motel to the beach just a few meters away. We went to sleep that night hearing the sound of the surf - a perfect ending to our west coast trip.
The only thing left to show is one beautiful little bird. Tomorrow!


  1. perfect names for those rock formations! too cool!

  2. Beautiful!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

  3. Amazing shots of the "pancake! I have never seen anything like this.

  4. What a beautiful place and the rock formations are cool. I would like at the hotel on the beach. Great shots.

  5. Beautiful shots!
    The Pancake Rocks are stunning.

  6. As if touching time itself.
    Thank you for your effort and this journey.
    Please have a good Tuesday.

    daily athens photo

  7. Awesome captures and what a perfect name indeed for the rock formations! These are fantastic and such a beautiful place! Thank you for sharing the beauty and the wonder!


  8. An Mick .... And you have captured it beautifully.

  9. What an amazing looking rock formation. Great pictures again.

  10. Hi there - what an interesting looking place. The way geology shapes the Earth is fascinating, and the age of the rocks is mind boggling as well.

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

  11. suitable name for the rock. :) Loved your little video. Ocean is always close to my heart. :)

  12. Such interesting rock formations! Great captures:)

  13. WOW! Great rock formations. I love the second shot!
    I'd love to get to NZ one day.

  14. Those rocks are surely perfectly named and that hotel is surely perfectly located -- what a great coastal getaway (reminds me a bit of some of our favorite places on the West Coast of the US)...

  15. Beautiful photos! What a great motel!
    Love the birds, too!
    Greetings from Cottage Country!