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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...

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Oct 5, 2008 - West Coast South Island

Today got the bus from Nelson on way to Greymouth. Went to a Seal Colony at Cape Foulwind (named due to the strong winds not the smell of the place) Then made our way to Irimahuwhero Viewpoint, where you can look over towards Punakaiki. In the evening we visited Pancake Rocks where there are many blowholes, followed by the Punakaiki Cavern at night where we finally got to see some glow worms.

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Sep 1, 2008 - Punakaiki

Got up to rain again this morning - yay...fortunately i was only to spend the day on the bus so wasn't that bothered. Mary was heading to Nelson today so on the same bus as me so at least we had company for the time I was on it. We had some quirky stops today for instance the Bushman Centre which had some great decor and funny signs along with some deer, goats and various other animals. We then got to Punakaiki where I am staying for two nights. Its only real claim to fame is the beautiful coastline which includes the Pancake Rocks! There...

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Trip Journal

Bridget's Trip!

Jan 27, 2008 - On Punakaiki (by Lisa - a UD student)

Today I went to Punakaiki to see the Pancake Rocks. The Pancake Rocks are a national treasure of New Zealand. They are located along the coastal beaches of the west coast. The rock formations are formed by a chemical process. Many years ago layers of lime-rich mud were deposited onto the west coast sea-bed. This limestone mud layer was then overlayed by weaker sheets of soft mud and clay. Later on, the seabed became tilted and raised to form coastal cliffs. Water and wind led to erosion which produced the thin layers which started to...

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