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November 18th 2012
Published: November 19th 2012
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Old man of the seaOld man of the seaOld man of the sea

This drifted up from the shore and I couldn't resist a sit down
Another 4 hour drive which took us along the west coast past 2 glaciers and Mount Cook. We didn't see any of it as the rain came down like stair rods all the way. It was fine the following morning but we had no time to return so we continued our journey north to Westport. On the way we stopped at Punakaiki which is famous for the pancake rocks, so called because they look like stacked up versions. They were formed 350 million years ago by a build up of marine fossils and subsequent erosion has exposed them in their current state. The incoming tide combined with a large swell from the Tasman Sea crates a spectacular sight as the sea explodes through the blowholes in the rock formation.

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Pancake rocks

350 million years old and after the hike down here I feel like it.
There she blowsThere she blows
There she blows

No not a whale but the blowhole in the pancake rocks. The fine spray makes a rainbow in the sunlight
Raw powerRaw power
Raw power

Another wave crashes through the blowhole and you can hear a deafening roar
More pancakesMore pancakes
More pancakes

A different view looking north
Is this a mermaidIs this a mermaid
Is this a mermaid

Despite recovering from a chest infection and breathlessness, Sue made the effort to see this spectacle.

19th November 2012

Different clothes! yay! home mum feeling better soon x

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