The Maori name for these very special rock formations is Punakaiki. They are very weird piled up rocks. Almost looking like pancake rocks. They make you wonder how this happened in all the years before? Did someone make these or did the ocean carved them?

The track around the rocks is very good with lots of good views over the ocean, blowholes where the ocean pushes through on high tides, and through the forest with palm sort of trees and lots of other green.

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But how did these pancake rocks actually exist? The lonely planet says: “Through a layering-weathering process called stylobedding, the Dolomite Point limestone has formed into what looks like piles of pancakes”.

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I can’t really relate to that, I have to see how that works to understand this really. It’s just so weird that it doesn’t make sense and that I just want to stare at them and fantasize about how this happened.

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The nature around the pancake rocks is gorgeous as well. It’s all very green and so different. These ferns you see are the national symbol of the Rugby team of New Zealand called All Blacks. New Zealand is covered with millions of ferns and they are all a special type of fern. I think they are very beautiful because of their rhythmic repetition, don’t you think?

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Punakaiki is a very popular sight on the west coast and therefore very busy. I would recommend to go here while the sun is setting in the ocean. A gorgeous view that I’ve seen 4 years ago. Recommended!

Safe travels, Claudia

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