The weather forecast for today was mostly heavy rain and it started through the night. We left the Shinning Star caravan park and headed for Punakaiki which is famous for the Pancake Rocks which is only an hours drive away by car.
We drove up to Greymouth and had a quick drive through town before heading north again. The road to Punakaiki from Greymouth goes inland and then parallel to the coast line most of the way and we found a nice spot on the coast for lunch.
We reached the Pancake Rocks and it was raining cats and dogs and looked like it was set in. We sat in out motor home for about 15 minuets and the rain stopped but it was still very grey and dark. We decided to don our rain coast and take a chance it would hold off long enough for us to explore the area. We headed down the well built path and stopped at various places that showcased different sections such as the surge pool and blow hole. High tide is the best time to view but we were about 2 hours after it so it was not as dramatic as it could have been. We spent a good 30 min on the track and decided to head back to the cafe for some real Pancakes with cream and berries :) While we were in the cafe it started to rain again even more than before and I had to go and get the motor home and drive it back to pick up my wide and son. We found a free camp but it was next to the river and the amount of rain falling suggested it the river may have swollen and taken us with it so we looked elsewhere :) We found a caravan park just up the road and decided to book in for the night and it was the Punakaiki Beach Camp which was $41.00 for the night. We were the only ones there and it was pouring so I decided to find a spot under a tree to give us some protection. The amenities block was about 50 m from our camp and we had to run the hot water for 5-8 mins to get it through the pipes as we were the only ones using it but after that it was nice and hot and warmed us up. I had been hoping to do some Astro photography and this would have been a great sp