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February 11, 2016 / cmfletcher

The Coast Road

We left Nelson this morning to follow the coast road down the western coast of New Zealand. I know we are only seeing a bit of the country, but by driving instead of flying or cruising, we are actually seeing the landscape.

We came through the mountains to get to the coast and made for Punakaiki. This is the site of the pancake rocks — they are sandstone which have ridges that look like pancakes. The sea erodes them into fantastic shapes, and hollows out caves and inlets. There is a walk to get out to see them, and it was so worth it.

The spray comes from the surf crashing into the rocks, filling caves, inlets and surge pools and then the pressure blows the water high like a geyser. It was exciting, and we did get sprayed. OK for humans, not so much for cameras.

That was about half way to our goal for the day Franz Josef Glacier, in the southern Alps. On the drive down you see Mount Cook, the highest mountain in New Zealand. 211MtCook

It is a funny town, primarily backpackers but also lots of oldies like us who are enjoying the scenery and masses of Chinese on vacation.



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