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Punakaiki (Pancake) Rocks Walk

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Punakaiki or Pancake rock is set in the 30,000 hectare Paparoa National Park.

Quick Facts

        • Location: South Island
        • Distance: 0.40 kms
        • Time needed: 1 Hour
        • Difficulty: Easy
        • Wheelchair Access: No
        • Route: Round Trip
        • Elevation: 20m
        • Wet Feet: No
        • Toilets: Yes
        • Dogs: No
        • Mobile Coverage: Yes
        • Last Updated: November, 2019
  • Track Highlights

    Punakaiki pancake Rocks and just down the road is the Punakaiki Caves. The blowholes are fantastic if the wind is blowing in from the sea at Gail force 10. Best seen at high tide.

  • Track Quality

    A newly sealed foot path.

  • Hazards

    Stay on foot path. Do not climb over the barriers it is a long drop to the ocean. And take a rain coat.

  • Transport

    Westport to Greymouth bus run daily.

  • Water

    Only in Punakaiki village

  • 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 look out is also a good place to stop. Punakaiki is just another 2km.

  • Shops or Restaurants nearby

    In Punakaiki Village

  • Area & Track History

    The limestone rocks were formed by mild acid rain, high winds and sea water 30 million years ago. Punakaiki rock is set in the 30,000 hectare Paparoa National Park, were there is no shortage of 10 minutes to 3 day coastal bush walks waterfalls and caves to explore.

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  • Map location of Punakaiki (Pancake) Rocks 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 Rocks Walk – start

The walk starts on the opposite of the little shopping centre. You can’t miss the signs. The idea is to follow the arrows and walk in a clockwise direction but that does not always happen.

Point 2: Punakaiki Rocks

You walk through a lot of native flax before reaching the sea.

Point 3: Punakaiki Rocks

There is no shortage of limestone formation along the way.

Point 4: Punakaiki Rocks

The first large area with seats and guard rails is the place to stop to see the blowholes.

Point 5: Punakaiki Rocks

Follow the path to the gusher. You can hear the water being forced out through the opening of the blowhole.

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Paparoa National Park, Greymouth, New Zealand

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