Punakaiki, South Island, New Zealand
The Pancake Rocks were formed 30 million years ago from minute fragments of dead marine creatures and plants landing on the seabed about 2 km below the surface. Immense water pressure caused the fragments to solidify in hard and soft layers. Gradually seismic action lifted the limestone above the seabed. Mildly acidic rain, wind and seawater sculpted the bizarre shapes.*
If you’re in the West Coast of the South Island, the Pancake Rocks are worth stopping for. The whole coastal area around Punakaiki is full of natural wonders: from beaches, sea and rainforest, to mountains, rivers and numerous walking trails. If you’re feeling adventurous, there are plenty of opportunities to go swimming, surfing, fishing, kayaking, horse trekking, rock climbing, bouldering and caving. I had many memorable adventures during my stays there.
*Information from the Department of Conservation.
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