Explore...

Read and rate Travel Journal Entries for Punakaiki, New Zealand

Mar 13, 2014 - DAY 18: Hokitika to Punakaiki

We continued our travels north up the west coast, crossing an interesting single-track road/rail bridge in the process. As you can see from the above photo, you actually have to drive along the railway track - not sure what happens if you meet a train coming the other way! Stopped off for a stroll around Greymouth, an uneasy mixture of old and new, and very aptly named! Moving swiftly on, immediately after crossing the river we turned sharp left in Cobden and drove the 6k to the end of the no-through-road where we parked and sat looking out...

Jump to full entry

Nov 16, 2012 - Day 13 Kaikoura to Punakaiki -Travel Day Across the Southern Alps

Today was a long driving day. We crossed the "Southern Alps" of New Zealand over Arthur's Pass. We saw our target bird for the Day, the Kea, near Arthur's Pass. The Kea is New Zealand's Largest parrot. Used to tourists, Keas frequent the parking lots in the area, begging for food. If no one gives them food, they have been known to strip off the rubber from windshield wiper blades. Since Brent is into eating meat pies, we always eat lunch at a pie shop or pick up lunch on our way out of town at pie shops. Today was special. We ate lunch at...

Jump to full entry

Oct 29, 2012 - Punakaiki

Oct.29, 2012 From my window, I can see the grey and desolate sea as it brings its waves into shore in an unceasing fashion. Its voice drones on and on. I imagine myself an invalid sent to the seashore in a last effort to recover from a relentless illness. The sky is a lighter shade of darkness than the sea but speaks of sadness and remorse echoing the lamentations of the deep. It is beautiful!!! G and I arrived via Intercity bus to Punakaiki yesterday. We are here to witness the show of the pancake rocks. They moan and groan in their...

Jump to full entry

Jun 28, 2012 - Pancake Rocks

We set off at 9am for our trek across the South Island. The plan: drive from East to West, through Lewis Pass. Our expected drive time was 6 hours. Jen offered to start the driving today and I think that if she knew what we were about to come up against she would have made a different decision… Starting out, the weather was blowy and a little rainy but all seemed in control. We progressed to Lewis Pass. The roads were winding us so much we were dizzy and it was a 30km/hr drive most of the way. We were saying "thank goodness the rain has...

Jump to full entry

May 5, 2012 - Cruising the west

After crossing over to the South Island we began heading south along the west coast. The drive was gorgeous, what you might think Northern California meets Hawaii/tropical jungle meets the East coast fall would look like. A few beautiful pit stops along the way.

Jump to full entry

Trip Journal


Who knew...

Oct 22, 2011 - Punakaiki

Heute Morgen sind wir um sieben Uhr bei strahlendem Sonnenschein aufgewacht. Leider hatten wir uns am Vortag entschieden, dass wir keinen Flug buchen, da die Wettervorhersage eigentlich Regen vorausgesagt hatte. Als wir es dann endlich aus dem Bett geschafft haben und zum Aufbruch bereit waren, sind dann auch schon wieder neue Wolken aufgezogen und wir sind gleich losgefahren. Am Nachmittag sind wir dann an unserem heutigen Ziel Punakaiki angekommen. Als erstes haben wir unser Zimmer im The Rocks Homestay (http://www.therockshomestay.com/)...

Jump to full entry

Trip Journal


New Zealand 2011

Apr 1, 2011 - Pancake Rocks - Punakaiki

The Pancake Rocks that Punakaiki is famous for, are limestone formations that began forming 30 million years ago, when lime-rich fragments of dead marine creatures were deposited on the seabed, then overlaid by weaker layers of soft mud and clay. The seabed was raised above sealevel by earthquakes to form the coastal cliffs and coastline. The sea, wind and rain have since etched out the soft layers to form the unusual rock formations we see today. When conditions are right, heavy ocean swells thunder into the caverns beneath the rocks and...

Jump to full entry

Mar 27, 2010 - Punakaiki Pancake Rocks

Early morning run around grey and grim Greymouth. Saturdays are 'sacrireligious'.. most shops closing by 12pm. We luckily found a photo shop open until 2.30pm and even at that the owner baulked at the idea of working more than a 7 hour day. He pointed out 'hey, gotta have a life'! Onwards we went along the west coast with the teeming, untamed Tasman sea in all its wildness. Big highlight along the coast are the Punakaiki Pancake Rocks and Blowholes. These are limestone formations which have been sculpted by the sea. The rocks are nestled...

Jump to full entry

Trip Journal


Susan ar Strae 2009

Jan 7, 2010 - Punakaiki ROCKS!

When we got up it was raining but warm so a few people decided to dress 'Kiwi tramper' style with the long johns under shorts - not a look I felt would flatter so I stuck with my long trousers. We walked mostly in the trees along the lakeside and occasionally spotted a water taxi bombing along the lake. With our aching limbs it was really tempting not to flag one down! We plodded on though, and eventually people started passing us with trainers on their feet, so we knew we were getting close to the car park. There were even signs telling us...

Jump to full entry

Jan 6, 2010 - West Coast South Island

When we left Tapawera we headed west, stopping at the old railroad rest stop where we went for a walk along the remainder of the tracks that ran through the area. Then we walked across the longest swinging bridge in NZ, 110 meters (330 ft.) and went on one of the nature walks on the other side. NZ seems to have lots of swinging bridges! From there we decided to go to the lighthouse in Westport and use the specified area where you could camp overnight. However, when we got there another NZ couple said they noticed the wheelies(circle marks...

Jump to full entry

Apr 4, 2009 - Queenstown to Deep South

The past couple of days were pretty awesome--after camping on the shores of a lake south of Lake Kaniere (where we went for our hike), we woke up early and drove down to Franz Josef Glacier township. We spent the morning hiking up to and on the glacier. It was nice enough weather for us both to be in shorts, although the wind did pick up on the glacier. But it was one of the coolest things we've done this trip, and the pictures were so amazing! Last night we camped by Lake Paringa, south of Fox and Franz Josef glaciers, and the night was...

Jump to full entry

Apr 2, 2009 - west coast adventures

Nelson was beautiful and sunny when we flew in yesterday, very cute and clean with lots of mountains and countryside. We got a shuttle out to our campervan location, and the rental place was super nice--they reimbursed us for the shuttle ride and upgraded us to a newer, nicer van for free. We headed west through the mountains south of Kahurangi national park and made it to Westport in time to do some shopping and find something to eat. We were gouged a tiny bit on our campsite, but things looked a lot better this morning when we drove down...

Jump to full entry
Previous -- 0 1  -- Next


Advertisement
OperationEyesight.com