Weekly Photo Challenge: Unique

Pancake Rocks (Punakaiki, New Zealand)

“Pancake Rocks”
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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6 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Unique

    1. Thank you Yen-Yen. It really is a lovely spot. And you can clamber around the rock formations at your leisure as they cover such a wide area. The blow holes are also worth seeing.

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