Pancake Rocks

Punakaiki Pancake Rocks and Blowholes

In which Miles takes in more famous New Zealand rocks.

You can view the full gallery of 18 pictures below.  To view them on imgur, click here.

Pancake Rocks
Pancake Rocks

An information board at Pancake Rocks says that scientists don’t really know how the rocks formed in layers as they have.  But the DOC website says:

The Pancake Rocks are most spectacular in the Putai area. They were formed 30 million years ago from minute fragments of dead marine creatures and plants landed 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.

Pancake Rocks
Pancake Rocks

Pancake Rocks is an easy stop, just off the west coast road State Highway 6.  The weather was much the same as in Arthur’s Pass; foggy, rainy and cold.  I did get a break in the rain though, just in time for the short walk to Pancake Rocks.

Pancake Rocks - Surge Pool
Pancake Rocks – Surge Pool

I’ll let the photos speak for Pancake Rocks.  The blowholes though are better enjoyed in video.  I checked the tides, and arrived in time for high tide, but the size of the waves also contributes to good action from the blowholes.  My guess is that the blowholes, and the Surge Pool, can be much more active than they are in the videos below.

The video below shows the Surge Pool.

Below is a video of the Surge Pool from another angle, showing the limestone bridge.

After enjoying Pancake Rocks I continued north.  At Charleston Highway 6 veers inland away from the coast.  The weather improved almost immediately.

You can view the full gallery of 18 pictures below.  To view them on imgur, click here.

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