Last week it was Rich's birthday. He decided a while ago that he would prefer a break away for his birthday rather than a gathering and his destination of choice was the West Coast.
After a bus trip through some wild west coast country, we arrived at our destination and home for the next couple of nights - Punakaiki!
We stopped in for a bite to eat at the West Coast Cafe (at least I think that's what it was called) and then headed over to the backpackers to drop off all our bags..
Once settled in we figured the best thing was to check out Punakaiki so we decided to walk to the pancake rocks.
We arrived at the Pancake Rocks - but soon after some of that famed West Coast weather set in. I guess the upside was the rocks were not over run by tourists (they were in all likelihood being sensible and having a hot drink in the cafe).
After all that walking and travelling - we decided it was time for dinner - at the Punakaiki Tavern - as to be expected the Tavern is the only place to get dinner in town.
The following day - it was time to take in more of that beautiful - if not slightly weird West Coast scenery with a bush walk. Unfortunately, the walk was bought to a bit of a stand still when we found a river crossing.
After two days of lots of walking and exploring, it was time to leave Punakaiki. We spent our last few hours in town going for a walk, eating pancakes near pancake rocks and hanging out with some of the local friendly Weka's.
Finally the bus arrived to take us to Greymouth - where we would spend only about an hour before heading to Chrischurch on the Tranzalpine.