The West Coast is the wildest side of New Zealand. With its mighty ocean, luscious rainforest, and surreal coastal formations, it is beyond impressive. The Great Coast Road, stretching from Westport to Greymouth, was recently voted one of the top 10 coastal drives in the world by Lonely Planet.
Luca and I were not sure how we would squeeze our visit to the upper West Coast in, but were very happy we made the trip to Punakaiki. Our Hostel was right on the beach and had a great vibe.
Punakaiki is known for its”Pancake Rocks,” which are still a geological wonder to this day, as scientists have no idea how they were formed. There are some theories, but they are not proven.
Our favorite adventure on the West Coast was exploring the Truman track during the low tide. Watching the waves slam up against the coastal limestone formations is a sight to not miss. You forget how powerful the ocean is. As waves are constantly in motion, it is better to show their form through moving images. Luca has compiled a video of New Zealand’s epic waves.