PunakaikiPancake Rocks

Punakaiki is most famous for its Pancake Rocks and Blowholes – both of which are spectacular and a must-see when visiting the West Coast. They are formed by the weathering of layers of limestone and are quite unique.

Punakaiki is also in the middle of the Paparoa National Park. This is managed by the Department of Conservation and has been under their care since 1987.

Punakaiki has a number of coastal walks that will allow you to take a closer look at your surroundings and to walk along the sandy beaches. There are also tracks that lead through the native rainforest so that you can experience the native flora in more detail. A large number of forest birds such as tui, bellbird and kereru (New Zealand pigeon) migrate seasonally between coastal and upland forests.