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  • Day203

    Great West Coast Road

    March 28, 2017 in New Zealand

    This morning we went to the "National Kiwi Centre" in Hokitika, a funny little wildlife centre that looked more like somebody's hobby. It was interesting nevertheless and Solana loved it. We saw some very large NZ eels and got to feed them. As the name suggests we also got to see some Kiwi birds - they are now so rare and difficult to see in the wild that this will almost certainly be the only ones we get to see during our trip to NZ... We also went "fishing" for crayfish there - we each caught one but sadly had to throw them back into the water (they looked like they'd have made a very tasty lunch!).

    Today was the day of Laura's Dad Barrie's funeral. As we had made the very difficult decision not to make the long journey back to the UK to attend his funeral in person, we spent a lot of time thinking about him today and it was fitting that today was the day we drove through the little village of Barrytown....

    Travelling further North, we stopped at Punakaiki to see the famous "pancake rocks" - unusual rock formations that look like stacks of pancakes. There were dramatic sea views from here too. After checking into our cabin in Westport for the night, and cooking pasta for dinner, we went for a walk to see the local seal colony. The sun was setting by the time we arrived, so the light was not good for photos of the seals but we got to see some young seals playing around on the rocks - adorable.
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  • Day95

    Pancake Rocks

    December 4, 2016 in New Zealand

    Grob gesagt verläuft unsere Reise gerade entlang der ganzen Westküste der Südinsel. 🗺
    Dabei gibt es immer wieder schöne lange und breite Sandstrände zu sehen, türkisblaues Meer und bewachsene Felsen. 🌊🌳🌲
    Wir machten einen Zwischenstopp bei den "Pancake Rocks". Eine über Millionen Jahre entstandene Felsformation, die aussieht wie viele übereinander gelegte Pancakes. 😁
    Das Wasser ist so stark, dass es sich durch die Felsen gräbt und dadurch kleine Seen inmitten von Felsen entstehen.
    Wir werden entlang der Küste immer mal wieder ins Landesinnere fahren oder direkt am Meer schlafen. ☺️
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  • Day219

    Pancake Rocks - Punakaiki

    March 17 in New Zealand

    Die Pancake Rocks machen nicht nur hunger auf ein süßes Frühstück, sondern lassen sich auch besonders gut bei rauen Seegang beobachten - mit ein bisschen Glück sieht man dann das Wasser wie Dampf aus den Höhlen aufsteigen. Die Kalksteinformationen lagen vor Millionen Jahren noch unter Wasser und wurden durch die Landbewegung zu Tage gebracht.

  • Day151

    Pancake Rocks, Neuseeland

    March 10, 2017 in New Zealand

    Auf dem Weg von Westport nach Franz Josef lagen die Pancake Rocks, also übersetzt die "Pfannkuchenfelsen". Ihren Namen verdanken sie, wie so oft, ihrem Aussehen, denn sie ähneln übereinander gestapelten Pfannkuchen.

  • Day12

    Pancake Rocks & Blow Holes

    December 17, 2017 in New Zealand

    Das Gestein ist aufgebaut/abgetragen wie Pancakes, die gestapelt wurden.
    Da das Wetter nicht so gut war (perfekt für die Blow Holes!), konnten wir das Naturschauspiel perfekt beobachten. Die Wellen treffen auf die Felswand, schießt durch Löcher knapp 20m nach oben und sieht dann aus wie Geysire!!!

  • Day9


    December 9, 2015 in New Zealand

    Hier aan de kust hebben ze de Pancake Rocks. Genoemd naar hoe ze eruit zien ja. Gelaagd door de miljoenen jaren heen. En ik heb het in een kwartier gezien. Dus heb wat foto's gemaakt zodat jullie het ook gezien hebben.

    Oh en me maaltijd op het eind van die dag rijden. Iets met rijst.

  • Day45

    Wonderful peole @ Punakaiki ❤

    December 12, 2016 in New Zealand

    Uf oisere Fahrt richtig Punakaiki hemmer rasch de Rotoroa Lake mit sim suuperklare Wasser besichtiget.

    In Punakaiki hemmer ois nachem Znacht ässe na uf en Abigspatziergang gmacht.

    Bi de Pancake rocks und Blowholes hemmer zwei Schwiizerinne kenneglernt. S het sich usegstellt das si meega lieb und unglaublich lustig sind 😂
    Mir hend schlussendli de ganzi Aabig bis am 3 am Morge mit ihne gredet und glachet, was am nechste Morge denn wiiter gange isch 😅
    Danke viel mal liebi Nicole alias Nina und Petra alias Lea!! Mir hend scho lang nümm soo viel träne glachet 😅 ✌

    Ah und ine chliini Glüewürmlihöhli simmer au na!


    On our way to Punakaiki we visited lake rotoroa with its crystal clear water.

    Arrived at Punakaiki we ate dinner amd went for a stroll along the coast.

    At the pancake rocks and blowholes we met tow Swiss girls. After starting talking we couldn't stop anymore - we spent the whole evening together 'till 3am 😅 Nicole and Petra are unbelievable funny and gorgeous!! 😍 we haven't been laughing tears so hard for a long time! And it continued again when we met in the morning 😂
    Thanks heaps Petra and Nicole!!

    Oh yeah, we also went in a small glowworm cave :) (photo)
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  • Day131

    Paparoa National Park

    August 11, 2017 in New Zealand

    Despite the weather forecast still predicting a rain free day, the rain hammering down on top of the van suggested otherwise. We still had a bit of a drive to today's destination, the Pancake Rocks in Paparoa National Park so we hit the road and hoped the sun would show its face when we got there. Another great drive with the final part taking us along the coast where we had a great view of the stormy sea.

    The pancake rocks get their name as a layer-weathering process called stylobedding (yes I have copied that from the Lonely Planet) has carved the limestone into layers which if you have a vivid imagination could slightly resemble pancakes. Despite the weak resemblance to pancakes the rocks were pretty spectacular. The terrible weather also played in our favour here as the stormy sea surging through the rocks was mesmerising to watch. The rain even stayed away whilst we were and the sun almost came out.

    We then continued our journey South ending up in Greymouth. The plan here is to cycle some of the West Coast Wilderness Trail but I fear the weather isn't going to play ball. We will just have to wait and see what tomorrow brings.
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  • Day14

    Punakaiki Beach Camp

    November 20, 2016 in New Zealand

    After a funfilled day of Glaciers we arrived at this site just after 10 pm, it was already dark and we couldn't appreciate that our site was basically 5 meters from the beach, although we could hear the waves crashing.

    The site is owned and run by a family and they were nice enough to let us check out later because we arrived so late, which gave us time to do some laundry and see some sights in the surrounding area in the morning.

    Great little camp site!

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