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Shantytown & Pancake Rocks

semi-overcast 18 °C

Shantytown is an old gold mining town we visited, which was great. Really nicely made with a steam train, post office, stables, hospital.... everything, even a brothel.
We were even panning gold and found some, which is probably put in there for the tourist. They fill it up for you in a little glas tube which says "Genuine Souvenir from Shantytown"... ha, ha.. genuine souvenir but not genuine gold.... Anyway, it was good fun and the panning is far more difficult than I thought.

We then headed for the Pancake Rocks which were great too, but unfortunately the weather was really bad. They look quite incredible and I can see how they got their names. The layers of the rocks look like pancakes, so that was great to see.

After that we stooped at another seal colony at Foulwind Cape, which was incredible. So many seals in such a small place. As the sea is so rough here they had several little pools which seemed like their playground but also like the pup swimming school where they teach them. So cute...
They were only mums with their pups and all of them shouting and screaming like little kids. So funny! We worth a visit and a great finish of the west coast. We are off inland now...

Posted by Julia1976 03:53 Archived in New Zealand

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