The weather was perfect, the scenery spectacular
The day dawned with a clear blue sky, the air was fresh and we were driving along a road I had dreamed of exploring for a long time. The road from Greymouth to Westport certainly lived up to my expectations. It was a symphony of scenery. The Paparoa Range soared to misty heights on our left and the Tasman Sea on this calm day, lapped and broke in endless swells on the rocky shores. The road wound along, following the coast. Every corner opened to another photo stop… 59 kilometres along the road we came to the Punakaiki Rocks. A strange layered formation of limestone rocks. Scientists still do not know what caused them, but the tourist boffins have made the most of the opportunity to showcase them. The well-formed paths take you on a journey through, round and over them with informative boards explaining the geology and nature of the area. The usual gift, souvenir and coffee shops were all clustered around the entrance, but the hype could not detract from the strange beauty of these rocks.