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FRANZ JOSEF to PUNAKAIKI - 28th MARCH 2016

Stunning Ocean Views, Pancake Rocks & Blowholes

We left Franz Josef in very cool riding conditions. I was not happy as we missed out on our helicopter ride yesterday due to heavy low clouds
The ride started with a stunning view over the paddocks with "the long white cloud" on the horizon
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Hokitika was a very welome stop, fuel for the bikes and Morning Tea for us. Followed by a visit to the Jade Centre, Red Rock Centre (along with a very lengthy chat with Jerry from Holland, now totally obsessed with Red Rock) the Sock Shop and the Hokitika Blow Glass Centre.

Escaping with our wallets intact we left Hoktika.
The West Coast is like the Great Ocean Road without the tourists and a nice wide well maintained road.
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Note the lovely black sand !!!!
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Our accommodation for tonight is the Punakaiki Tavern - very rustic and charming. Big surprise in our rooms was the "Crab" and "Elephant" Towels.
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Quick change, refreshing drink in the Beer Garden and we were off to see the Pancake Rocks & Blowholes.

The cliff edge along the way is fascinating - especially this huge rock - sliced off by the elements and jutting out over the roadway !
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The Ocean is looking very spectacular this afternoon -
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Come on guys - keep up !
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The Pancake rocks are fascinating - its unknown why they have layers of rock !
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The Blowholes are totally amazing - huge roar - and then up gushes gallons of water high in the air -
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Pancake layers

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Blow hole - Stage 1
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Stage 2
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Seaweed - known as Giant Mermaids Hair - clings to the rock even with the massive force of the sea belting against the rock - apparently if you find some seaweed you should check for rock as it s the rock that gives away -not the seaweed.
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Walking back in the late afternoon sun was just lovely.
The rocks look different from the other side - still spectacular
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And finally - the latest in Camper Van spotted in a camp ground
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Dinner at the Tavern completed another great day on the road.

Posted by MKaye 01:23 Archived in New Zealand

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