NZ 2012 – Day 11 – Greymouth to Hanmer Springs

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Day 11
Greymouth to Hanmer Springs

Greymouth - Punakaiki - Hanmer Springs
Point A (Starting point) = Greymouth
Point B = Punakaiki
Point C = Hanmer Springs


2 more nights left until our scheduled flight back to reality. After our epic glacier hike, it was time to seek something different again.

Coastal road

Punakaiki Pancake Rocks & Blowholes

From Greymouth, we headed north towards Punakaiki, which apparently famous for its pancake-shaped rocks and blowholes.

Punakaiki Pancake Rocks & Blowholes
Weird looking rocks

The Pancake Rocks are a very popular tourist goal at Dolomite Point south of the main village. The Pancake Rocks are a heavily eroded limestone area where the sea bursts though a number of vertical blowholes during high tides. Together with the ‘pancake’-layering of the limestone (created by immense pressure on alternating hard and soft layers of marine creatures and plant sediments), these form the main attraction of the area.

Punakaiki Pancake Rocks & Blowholes
Nature at its best!

I actually planned carefully for the visit as this phenomenon can only be seen when the tide is high. To be able to witness some of the great works by nature was really a sight not to be missed. We were just glad to there at the right time.

Punakaiki Pancake Rocks & Blowholes

Punakaiki Pancake Rocks & Blowholes

Perhaps, we were a bit mesmerized by the pancake rocks, and we were a bit out of schedule when we left the place. We drove back to south and just right before Greymouth, we headed east towards Canterbury, passing the scenic Lewis Pass. The journey took quite long time and we managed to reach Hanmer Springs by 4pm.

We wanted to hit another farm but it was closed by the time we got there. With nothing in the itinerary for the rest of the day, we took a stroll along the small beautiful town of Hanmer Springs before going back to the hostel and prepare our dinner for the day.

Hanmer Springs
Autumn in Hanmer..

There is a hot spring which we initially planned to go but didn’t in the end, so Hanmer has more things to do than what we actually did.


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