Now that we are officially home, I am thoroughly enjoying going through the photos I was unable to post while traveling. I still have a few to share from Croatia, but I wanted to take us back to New Zealand just for a moment.
Let me introduce the Punakaiki – aka Pancake Rocks.
When we first decided we were going to visit the Pancake Rocks, I was hesitant. I remember wanting to go straight to our next destination, Richmond, rather than detour out of the way, but our car was run as a democracy and both Ryan and our friend Ash wanted to see the rocks, so I was out voted.
The Pancake Rocks’ first impression was not great. As we approached from the street, it felt like we were entering an empty line at Disneyland with it’s perfectly manicured walk ways, and too many signs describing every plant. Then we saw our first view and it was lack luster. In my head, I kept thinking, “we drove out of our way for…this…”
Luckily, I kept my thoughts to myself and kept walking, because then, we saw the show stopping, breathtaking, Pancake Rocks. I ate my previous words – quickly. The stunning Pancake Rocks are heavily eroded limestone and are in a continuous state of erosion. The Chimney Pot view was my favorite and I stood on the bridge allowing myself to be showered with the off shoot water for several cycles, taking in every moment for as long as it would last.
After our detour to the Pancake Rocks, we hopped back into the car, ate our PB&Js and drove straight to Richmond to stay at the night at the most charming AirB&B on an apple orchard and vineyard.
Our stay in Richmond was too short, and a conclusion to our beautiful adventures on the South Island of New Zealand. I have never fallen in love with a country harder than I did for New Zealand’s South Island but my heart was stolen. When my mind wanders, I always find myself remembering mornings like those in Richmond. I woke up early to go for a run with the sunrise. It was peaceful, quiet and only me, the sheep and the grapes.