Nelson Lakes, Pancake Rocks, Greymouth


Oct 5th - 6th

Leaving Kaiteriteri we drove inland to the pristine Nelson Lakes National Park which surrounds two lakes. It took us almost 2 hours to reach the stunning Lake Rotoiti. The views were amazing, we didn't fancying for a swim though as there were swarms of eels around.

Lake Rotoiti
Lake Rotoiti
Lake Rotoiti

Then we drove to the near by Lake Rotoroa which was also stunning.

Lake Rotoroa
Lake Rotoroa
Lake Rotoroa
Lake Rotoroa
Lake Rotoroa
Lake Rotoroa

From the lakes we drove 2 hours 30 to Cape Foulwind. Not named after what you are thinking, but when Captain Cook sailed to these parts the storms and winds were dreadful.

Cape Foulwind
Cape Foulwind
Cape Foulwind

Passed by the stunning Buller Gorge....

Buller Gorge
Buller Gorge
Buller Gorge
Buller Gorge

Then a short drive to Westport where we stopped off at New World for some food before making it down the coast to Puakaiki, where we would stay the night.

Puakaiki is home to the famous 'Pancake Rocks' a limestone landscape of pancake-shaped rock formations, blowholes and surge pools which you can take a short paved loop walk. Looking like giant pancakes the curious limestone formations are especially spectacular at high tide. As the rocks are both fragile and dangerous, it is important to stay on the path, although we seen some crazy Asian tourists not listening to the signs! The blowholes are at their best around high tide.

Pancake Rocks and Blowholes