Punakaiki, a small place on the west coast of New Zealand’s South Island. Home to the pancake rocks and some very rugged and stunning coast line. Every time I look at this photo I discover something new; a couple of rocks, a new layer of depth, a new colour, a boat on the horizon. Punakaiki’s part of the country that I haven’t explored nearly enough. Maybe some other time, when I don’t have to depend on bus schedules to get around. 😉

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6 thoughts on “Punakaiki

  1. Wonderful rocky coastline! I love the fantastic shapes of the rock stacks that have been left behind in the sea – one looks like a dragon 🙂 We were visiting our local rocky coastline just recently whilst learning about coastal erosion. It was quite mesmerising to watch the power of the waves as they crashed on the cliff bases.


    1. Isn’t it awesome? I’ve got to admit that I’ve looked for the dragon but haven’t spotted it! Where is it? 🙂 Oh yes, erosion is big! I’ve excavated on the beach in Happisburgh, Norfolk, where the coast is eroding away quite heavily. That’s why we could dig there. But it’s terrible to see remains of houses that went over. And it’s pretty much impossible to sell a house there. 😦 The government doesn’t do anything about stopping the erosion anymore, which is sad because it means things are only going to get worse.


      1. The dragon I see is rising up out of the sea just this side of the end of the furthest headland just before that dips into the sea. It is facing out to sea with its wing and tail held up high behind it 😀

        The east coast of the UK is quite badly affected by coastal erosion. The east coast of Yorkshire has lost buildings and even villages in the past. I remember the Holbeck Hall Hotel fell into the sea at Scarborough. Here in the north east we have the coastal outcrop of magnesian limestone which gives us the marvelous cliffs and stacks at Marsden Bay and South Shields Leas. We learned that Marsden has been studied for a long time in relation to coastal erosion. I think down near Whitby they keep finding new dinosaur evidence because of coastal erosion too.

        I have heard the government sacrifices some places to preserve others from flooding! … I guess you have to be lucky to live in the one that gets preserved!


        1. I’m still not sure I see it, lol, but that’s the great thing about formations like these! There is a walk past the pancake rocks and some are actually shaped like something or other. It’s fascinating!

          Yes, I’ve heard that too. Happisburgh is one of the places the government decided to sacrifice, which is sad because the community is very active in trying to prevent the town from disappearing in the sea. Also, reinforcements in the past have helped. I suppose there is no money to keep it up and running. The town also has the only independently run lighthouse in the UK, which is really special apparently. That goes to show how active the community is. It is also the town with a pub where Arthur Conan Doyle stayed and alledgedly got inspired for his book ‘Hound of the Baskerville’.


          1. HA! perhaps our family’s ongoing game of finding shapes in clouds makes me see these strange shapes in the rocks too 😀

            It sounds like Happisburgh has plenty of community spirit and some wonderful unique features. Unfortunately it seems like money is the only deciding factor … as with far too many things these days!


            1. Oh yes, I do see shapes in clouds. I just didn’t find the dragon in the rocks, or maybe I have but have a different idea. 🙂

              That’s the impression I got anyway. We stayed at the local pub and the owners are friendly and committed. I hope their efforts will help things. And I agree, money seems the only thing that matters and it makes me sad.


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