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Punakaiki Caves Walk

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The Punakaiki Cavern is a Karst cave, formed with a combination of water and carbon dioxide, carving out the cave from the Oligocene limestone. The Punakaiki cave also features glow worms and stalactites.

Quick Facts

        • Location: West Coast of the South Island
        • Distance: 0.05 kms
        • Time needed: 1 minute
        • Difficulty: Very Easy
        • Wheelchair Access: No
        • Route: One Way
        • Elevation: 5m
        • Wet Feet: No
        • Toilets: Yes
        • Dogs: No
        • Mobile Coverage: Yes
        • Last Updated: November, 2019
  • Track Highlights

    The Punakaiki Cavern is a Karst cave, formed with a combination of water and carbon dioxide, carving out the cave from the Oligocene limestone. Well worth a look around. The cavern also features glow worms and stalactites.

     

     

  • Track Quality

    The floor of the caves can be slippery.

  • Hazards

    Wear a crash helmet and take a torch

  • Transport

    Westport to Greymouth bus

  • Water

    No

  • Driving Instructions

    From Westport take highway 67 to Reefton. 6km south turn right on to highway 6 to Greymouth via Punakaiki. Charleston Township is another 25km. The next point is Fox River at 45km. There is a good walk into Fox River Caves well worth the walk. The Irimahuwhero lookout is also a good place to stop. Punakaiki is just another 2km. 500m before the township at the bottom of the hill on the left is the entrance to the caves.

  • Shops or Restaurants nearby

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  • Area & Track History

    Unknown

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  • Map location of Punakaiki Caves Walk

    Map of walk

Points of interest along the walk

In the map above, if you zoom in on the walk, you’ll see all the following track points and their location. Each point has photos along with a description about each one.

Point 1: Punakaiki Caves Walk – start

Park the car on the right hand side of the road. The entrance is easy to find. You walk down in to the hidden rain forest. Then up the stair case to the entrance of the cave.

You need to make your way to the left there is a marker to follow.

Watch the slippery floor at the beginning.

Point 2: Punakaiki Caves

Walk around for 5 or 10min or more so long as you have a touch. These caves in Punakaiki are great.

Point 3: Punakaiki Caves – more photos

Just take your time and explore these great caves at Punakaiki

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Contact info

Punakaiki Cavern 4300 State Highway 6, Punakaiki 7873, New Zealand

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