This Saturday, we went to see the amazing Pancake Rocks at the West Coast of New Zealand. The pancake rocks are in Punakaiki, which happens to be the Maori term form pancakes.
Rocks lifted from the sea bed due to oceanic activity, and accretion of marine organisms formed the Pancake rocks; this was quite a complex geologic process really, and happened about 35 million years ago, according to posters and displays at the site. The rock formation is unique; a poster at the site informed that the sea lashing at the rocks continue to carve holes in it and form natural sculptures.
A spectacular sight we missed were the blowholes. As the waves crash through the crevices and holes carved in the rocks, they spray up geysers of seawater hundreds of feet in the air. This phenomenon is best enjoyed on high tides in full moon days. We missed the blowhole geysers. The rock formations themselves are quite spectacular, as you may see from the photos.
Punakaiki is 300 kilometres north-west of Christchurch. It took us about 5 hours to get there; we stopped at the Arthur’s pass our favourite stopover. The journey is very scenic passing through hills, valleys, the lush green West Coast with waterfalls and part of the journey the Tasman bay by the highway. On our next journey to the rocks, we shall surely check the high tide times and plan to spend a night.
Can’t think of other places that are descriptions of food; New Zealanders do take their food seriously. 🙂