We left Punakaiki yesterday after spending four nights there resting from days spent exploring all there was to see in that lovely place. After asking a local how many people actually live there, I discovered that the number was even smaller than I had imagined.
She said that she was not exactly sure, but somewhere between 30 and 100 people lived in or close to Punakaiki with most providing services in some way to people like us who come to stay for a few days or those who pass through quickly stopping only for a few posed photos in front of the famous Pancake Rocks. I am going to show you some of what you miss if you think all Punakaiki has to offer are pancakes without syrup.
You can see that the rocks resemble a stack of pancakes from where they take their name.
John and I had the good fortune to be able to stay at a sweet little place just down the beach here about 30 steps from the sea.
In addition to some lovely sea views there was a path along a river in a park not far from where we were staying.
There was almost no one around until we spotted this man in the bushes photographing the river with a baby on his back. I had just snapped the photo below when I saw him and realized that he was photographing his wife and son on the river.
Our day trips included some cave time for me with John keeping an eye on the tide coming in while I went exploring. I’ll show you what I discovered next time.
One of my favorite photos of John lately … taken at sunset not long before I took the picture below.