At just about every turn in New Zealand, there is an urge to pull the van over and take a few pictures. The challenge comes in doing so safely. As we made our way down the scenic west coast, the amount of stops grew exponentially. We had just left the gorgeous Abel Tasman National Park and were heading south with delightful cliff views of the Tasman Sea right out the driver side window. We were just now beginning to see what people meant by saying that the south island, “is just…better”.
Shortly after starting our journey south, we came across one of our favorite look out spots known as “Pancake Rocks”. The rocks have formed pancake-like sculptures along the coast due to thousands of years of erosion. With each wave crashing into the rock, it’s sculpted natural beauty along the coast. Although the changes may be miniscule with each new wave, the landmass is constantly changing; constantly eroding into something new. As it chips away, it grows more and more beautiful. Scientists aren’t sure why the rocks have eroded to look like Pancakes, but it sure makes for a great name!