Westport to Greymouth South Island New Zealand

Westport to Greymouth South Island New Zealand

Surely today is going to uneventful. Surely. Nope.

It is at this point that I should suggest that if you intend to travel with a non-photographer that you get two cars and if you are going to travel with a photographer, that you get two cars. The photo opportunities are staggeringly numerous.

It is New Years Eve 2018. The first is the Fox River and it’s coast line …

Fox River Region and Coast Line South Island New Zealand

Fox River Region and Coast Line South Island New Zealand

Fox River Region and Coast Line South Island New Zealand

Fox River Region and Coast Line South Island New Zealand

Fox River Region and Coast Line South Island New Zealand

Fox River Region and Coast Line South Island New Zealand

Fox River Region and Coast Line South Island New Zealand

Fox River Region and Coast Line South Island New Zealand

The find of the day is without a doubt the Pancake Rocks in the Paparoa National Park. You will find plenty of signage as you approach. The coffee shop and restaurant/s there also serve up a massive Lamb Shank should that take your fancy.

The tourists are a plenty but that didn’t seem to dampen my spirits. The local authorities have done a superb job building the track and protective walls. Plenty of information boards too at each of the many lookouts. The rocks themselves started some 35 million years ago from dead fish etc and then limestone came into being. One thing lead to another and each layer of rock was deposited upon the other. The roar of the ocean smashing into the rock faces, without any sympathy, adds to the drama. This is an absolute must do. Then again so was the lamb shanks.

Pancake Rocks Paparoa National Park South Island New Zealand

Pancake Rocks Paparoa National Park South Island New Zealand

Pancake Rocks Paparoa National Park South Island New Zealand

Pancake Rocks Paparoa National Park South Island New Zealand

Pancake Rocks Paparoa National Park South Island New Zealand

Pancake Rocks Paparoa National Park South Island New Zealand

On to Greymouth. I was warned not to expect much and with the greatest of respect…. Then again it is a peaceful quaint township with a rich history. A few kilometres south I stop at Gladstone which is literally a one short street township. My stay is in a loft that was beautifully appointed with amazing views. Thanks to Christine and Michael (Mick) for the welcoming committee.

Tomorrow I go to Franz Josef … Can’t wait~ !

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