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Punakaiki

The West Coast continues

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Today we continued our drive up the West Coast to Punakaiki as part of our overall aim of reaching the Abel Tasman National Park.

Even though it was raining Laura still wanted to go to Lake Matheson. As was expected we didn't get the famous reflections. In fact, we couldn't even see the top of the mountains as the clouds were so low! At least we got a little bit of sunshine.
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Our next stop wasn't really until Hokitika Gorge, where we saw the lovely cloudy blue waters that make it such a popular stop, and definitely worth the 40 minute(wish) detour.
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We also stopped in Hokitika at a place called Sunset Point, a place well known for shipwrecks.
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After dropping our stuff off at the hostel we headed to Pancake rocks. They are named after the layers that make up the stacks, which resemble stacks of pancakes. I was stopped by a German guy who asked why it was named this, and I don't think he was convinced! I really liked it here as the geology was really interesting, plus it was sunny but there was a great breeze - my type of weather!
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Posted by pkaplicz 23:49 Archived in New Zealand Tagged ocean punakaiki west_coast pancake_rocks

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