We had visitors over the weekend, and since we noticed last week that there was to be a king tide this weekend, we thought it would be a good time to go to Pancake Rocks again! The extra-high tide, we figured, should make for a decent show at the blowholes. We were not disappointed! It wasn’t as good as a couple of other times we’ve been there, but lots better than several times. I apologize in advance if this is too many photos for you. It was a beautiful day… and three of us were taking pictures… and I only saved the best from each of the three memory cards… but there ended up being so many beautiful photos I couldn’t decide which ones to leave out!
The waves were fairly high. I love watching them roll in past the rocks!
The first blowhole we reach is the Chimney Pot. It is spectacular—just like I would imagine a geyser looks! This time, there was a rainbow formed in the mist, when you stood at the right place.
Esther carried Miss Joy for a good part of the way.
This is the largest blowhole. We stood here for a long time, watching the water spurting up into a fantastic fountain!
I love watching the water in the Surge Pool, too! It’s so wild.
The waves hitting these rocks are spectacular, too!
See the seagulls nesting on top of the rocks?
Notice the people on the bridge in the background, just in front of the Chimney Pot blowhole? That might help you get a feel for the scale of this place.
By the time we reached this viewing platform, Miss Joy wanted to get down and walk around by herself.
Simon took her, but she wanted to pick things up.
A bunch of the boys broke off flax stalks and had a mock sword fight with them.
They gave one stick to Miss Joy.
She was delighted with, and ran around brandishing it, until…
…she suddenly spotted some flowers! She recognized them; I often pick a few in our yard and give them to her. The stick was instantly discarded, and she got down to pick them.
Simon picked her up again, and held the stick behind her back. She reached around and got it, then started whacking him on the head with it.
This was a wonderful day to be outside! It’s the rainy time of year here, and in the week before this day, we had had 1 1/2 sunny days. It was great to be outside, enjoying such a beautiful part of God’s creation.
Here is a five minute video I put together from a lot of shorter clips, to give you a little bit of our experience. One clip, which starts at about 3:22, doesn’t have much action, but I loved the happy baby noises that can be heard.
Amazing: thank you for the video! It brings back memories of being there, though I think there was less action when I was there.
NZ Filbruns says
You’re welcome! I think it was a bit better the time you were there, actually. The video might show it up better, but being there in person we thought it wasn’t quite as good. It was a beautiful day!