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Pancake Rocks, Punakaiki

Pancake Rocks, Punakaiki

The Pancake Rocks at Punakaiki are thin layers of limestone that have been eroded to form a distinctive pattern resembling stacks of pancakes. This area of limestone is part of a sheet that extends into the surrounding hills, where it forms spectacular cliffs. There are many caves and tunnels, and large waves cause spectacular blowholes close to the coast.

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Simon Nathan, 'West Coast places - Coast road', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/20989/pancake-rocks-punakaiki (accessed 25 May 2017)

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