Sunday, February 6, 2011

The Pancake Rocks

Hello everyone -- Kia Ora from O-hi-O. Hope everyone's having a relaxing weekend, sleeping late, gearing up to watch the Superbowl, eat some yummy food... Pick up some Steinlager Pure beer (enter your zip code here to find a store -- stockist -- near you: Steinlager Pure Stockists) and you'll enjoy it all even more. The Superbowl could use some Kiwi if you ask me.

Seems we left off yesterday with a short drive up the west coast. That eventually led to Punakaiki, home of the New Zealand-famous Pancake Rocks. I'd seen photos of this spot since we arrived back in July and I really wanted to see it. It was much bigger and farther reaching that I realized. I thought we'd saunter down to the deserted beach and find a few layered limestone rocks and be like, wow cool, and then get back in the car and head down the road. Instead there was a 20-minute walk through the tops of the formations and waves thundering in through the hollowed out caverns and blowholes launching water way up above it all.

You can Google to find out more, but basically about 30 million years ago, alternating layers of decomposing sea animals and softer mud formed on the ocean floor and then got pushed up by earthquakes so that they're now part of the coast in this particular area.

There you go New Zealand fans. The Pancake Rocks. Try to get there some day. Info about Punakaiki 

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