We stopped at a massive jade store called Mountain Jade in Hokitika where I got a a necklace with a manaia. Traditionally the manaia is depicted with a head of a bird, the body of a man, and the tail of a fish. It is widely accepted as a tribal guardian, with some carved as grotesque figures, and others carved as almost human with a fierce facial expression. The new age understanding of the manaia is that it represents the balance between the sky, the earth and the sea. Credited with supernatural powers, this enduring Maori design is said to have the ability to protect the wearer from evil. They are usually depicted in profile, and some feel this is because part of the manaia is in the spiritual world, part in this.
The Pancake Rocks were next. The wind was howling which made the sea foam float up to us on the walkways. I was hard to even walk but very cool. It was also a great reminder of the powers of mother nature! The cliffs were beautiful but the coolest part was seeing "The Blowholes". They weren't at full force when we were there (you need to be there at high tide for that) but essentially the water rushes against the rocks with such force that it comes straight up.