Road Trip Day 2

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A large serving of Seal Pancakes


Our progress into the Abel Tasman National Park at the north of the South Island was punctuated by two stops: One to see some pancake rocks and the other to see (and smell) a seal colony.


The pancake rocks are a limestone that has been flattened into pancake-like layers through aeons of weathering. This is cool enough on it’s own because they’re very pretty to look at, but better still are the blowholes between the rocks. Geology has formed the rocks into a series of arches & caverns, so when the waves come in they’re funnelled up stone chimneys with piston-like energy, and this results in a great plume of spray shooting into the air. A boardwalk winds it's way through the rocks & it’s close enough to get the full impact of the ‘blows’ but not so close that you fall in & get washed away to sea.


Further north we came to Cape Foulwind, home to a populous seal colony. It does actually smell horrid, I guess it must be down to the rotting fish that the seals leave hanging about, or perhaps they’re just stinky creatures en-masse....who knows? The Lonely Planet says something about a time when Captain Cook was passing the cape and a large storm blew up, battering his ship ‘Endeavour’, so he got in a huff and gave it an unflattering name that stuck. Anyway, it was slightly nippy standing about in whiffy wind watching mutant dog-slugs heave themselves about the rocks, but it was also very cute when the babies shuffled towards the water & flopped in.


We spent a Happy Day on Kaiteriteri beach having consumed monster breakfasts at the local café (I seem to have developed the appetite of an All Black Forward in NZ) The beach itself was another example of Kiwi perfection; sparkling glassy sea, bright blue sky, gliding yachts, islands on the horizon…


Ideally we wanted to go kayaking up the coast to Split Apple rock, but the wind was against us & all kayaks were bay-bound.  It was actually perfect to be grounded & I think we all enjoyed doing nothing in the sun, especially after the hectivity of the last week.

glennisnz says:
Kaiteriteri is a great place to do nothing much but soak up the scenery!
Posted on: Jan 25, 2008
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