The Punakaiki Pancake Rocks are definitively one of mother’s nature most impressive feats. This is one of the best places to feel the terrible force of the sea. The dramatic vertical water outbursts seem to be aiming for the sky as they rise high above the always-bustling Tasman Sea.
If you are a rainbow hunter, you must visit this place. This is your paradise. About every couple of seconds a rainbow appears and then shortly after disappears making way for a new one.
Make sure you are ready for a free shower while you’re there. It was quite nice for us but our cameras have undergone a thorough cleaning. Luckily, they are still working even to this day.
Punakaiki literally means “a spring of food”. Most likely the name comes from the 53 pubs built around it by the gold seekers.
Punakaiki is not just about pancake rocks and spectacular bursts of spray. At Punakaiki we discovered an incredible beach covered in fine black sand. A carpet made from the finest silk unfolded beneath our burned soles after a long day of traveling. It’s quite a unique sensation, we’ll give you that.
At nightfall, someone came and stole the beach. We thought it was the Tasmanian Devil, judging by all the stories we were hearing. The harsh reality was rather disappointing: it was just the high tide, going about doing what it does best each night.
Lucian Nistor’s photos
Dana Stavaru’s photos
Andrei Morar’s photos