Dolomite Point, West Coast, South Island

Dolomite Point is the official name for the area known better as “Pancake Rocks”. Limestone deposits have been gradually eroded by tide and weather to form what look like stacks of pancakes on the cliff tops, and the cliffs are dotted with sink holes, caverns and form fantastic shapes , rising sheer out of the ocean.

This stack caught my eye as I walked along the cliff top. I was impressed by the razor sharp ridges radiating out like cacti leaves, and then I noticed the size of the waves. And if you look really close at the base of the stack, you can spot deep sea kelp swirling in the surge.

This region is part of the Paparoa National Park, well worth a visit. And I haven’t mentioned the Blowholes that plume up when the tides are right…




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