My next compulsory stop was in Greymouth and to be honest there is nothing to report from there. The town was closed as we got there late and I had a relaxing night of lazying in a bath and reading my book. Bliss.
However, the route to Greymouth was stunning. After the hike of the day before I was looking forward to relaxing on the bus. Our driver had different ideas. He stopped and announce that we were to get off, walk for an hour along Cape Foulwind and he would meet us at the other side. That was not in my plan!
So grudingly I trudged off. It was worth it. The path was close to the cliff line and you could see massive waves crashing on outlying rocks. It was hypnotising and awe-inspiring at the same time. We even stopped to view some seals.
Further along we were able to see the Punakiki Pancake Rocks but first the path took us to some rocks which, whilst the stratas were layered and built up in such a way that they looked like a stack of pancakes, were hardly impressive. I wondered what the hype was all about but turning the corner I immediately understood. First to my left a tower of what appeared to be steam plummeted out of the rock beside me. On closer inspection I realised it was literally water being forced out through a small gap by waves crashing in below the rock and creating a blowhole. To my right was a large circular gap, where tidal action had cut out the rocks below, creating impressive cavices and holes. The tide pummeled into the rock as I watched and you could see the power of the water and the impact it could make. In fact this power of the sea made you feel truly humble. Definitely one of the best sights I have seen yet. Thank you Mr Coach Driver.