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Virtual Tour of Pancake Rocks, Punakaiki, New Zealand
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Lois R says:
"Wow this is awesome. At high tide you hear the sounds before you see Punakaikai Pancake Rocks and Blowholes. Then the mighty, seawater geysers burst up spectacularly before your eyes. These unusual, huge limestone columns are made up of flat pancake-like rocks stacked on top of each other. A process which has been going on for around 30 million years and one which is just so fantastic to see and hear beside the Tasman Sea. These Pancake Rocks and Blowholes are half way between Westport and Greymouth, on Highway 6 on New Zealandís lush, beautiful, native forested West Coast. You have to go there when in Aoteoroa (Land of the Long White Cloud). Paparoa National Park is here and in its 30,000 hectares you will find pristine native bush, mountains, rivers, caves and rugged beaches along a huge coastal wonderland. Just think of the fun you could have searching for greenstone (jade) along the beach or how lucky you would be to see a Hectorís Dolphin swimming by. Horse trekking up into quiet, secluded valleys - what a treat! To suit all budgets you will find a variety of accommodation. Tour operators are friendly and keen to take you to spots youíd never dreamed of. I like seeking out some of the arts and crafts and jewellery made by local artisans because some are quite unique. The West Coast is big on ecotourism, the area has a long history of hospitality so it has evolved to be a more passive, outdoors recreation area, - laid back and casual. So see Pancakeís you canít eat and then branch out to explore a truly stunning, precious part of the South Island, in New Zealand."

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