Dan In The South Pacific 2006 travel blog

Pancake Rocks

I'm Still A long way from home

View of the West Coast

We left Westport at 10:00 am and went to do an early morning walk along the West coast. We walked along Cape Foulwind to the closest point to Australia which is still really far and then saw a seal colony at Tauranga Bay.

We then went to the Punakaiki Pancake rocks and saw some "cool" rock stratification. I was one of only a couple of people who actually did the walk because most people were hung over and hungry by then, but it was worth it.

We then went to Greymouth and through Hokitika to a small hotel near Lake Mahinapua. This pub/hotel is a unique stop for Kiwi Experience because we are the only patrons. It is run by an 80 year old named Les Lisle who was a reserve for the All Blacks and he is the entire population of 1 for Mahinapua. We had a $10 group meal and a costume party at the pub after. The place was fun and if you want cheap NZ jade pendants this is the place to go. It is excellent craftsman ship and less expensive than anywhere else. Everyone got drunk again, but I sacked out early and then got up at 6:00 so I could catch the sunrise off the Lake which was only 600 meters away (the ocean was closer, but on the wrong side of NZ). I saw glow-worms on the way which was like looking at little stars in the bushes. The sunrise wasn't great because it was overcast, but glow worms everyone - glow worms.

Great stop even for a sober nerd like me

I think the song for this leg has to be Margaritaville by Jimmy Buffet. With all the alcohol that is consumed by these guys we need a lame boozer song.

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