Activities in Punakaiki
Below is a list of tourism activities available in and around Punakaiki – canoe hire, horse trekking, horse & wagon tours, knifemaking, and Conservation Volunteers. There’s something here for everyone!
Come and make a knife in our backyard – you’ll amaze yourself!
You get to forge your own blade from red hot steel, and complete your knife with native timber handle, brass bolsters and pins. We start at 9:30 am and finish around 4 pm, with drinks, lunch and snacks until around 5 pm.
Telephone: 03 731 1053 - NZ Freephone: 0800 256433 (0800 AKNIFE)
Postal: 2662 Coast Road, Barrytown, New Zealand 7801
Punakaiki Horse Treks
Horse trekking – beach riding, river crossings, spectacular scenery.
Horses and rides to suit all abilities. Nature tours into the magnificent Punakaiki valley. Located 400m south of the Pancake Rocks.
Fax: 03 731 1838
Postal: CMB 47, Punakaiki, R.D.1 Runanga 7873
Rental kayaks and guided trips
Suitable for all abilities, a paddle on the Pororari river through lush rainforest in the Paparoa National Park. Prices from $30 per person.
Fax: 03 731 1870
Postal: CMB 2, Punakaiki, R.D.1 Runanga 7873
Join us on a simply magical journey of discovery in the enormous Nile River GlowWorm Caves amidst a calcitic wonderland of stalactites and stalagmites complete with unbelievable galaxies of GlowWorms.
Whether it be our award winning “Underworld Rafting”, or the more passive “GlowWorm Cave Tour” and “Nile River Rainforest Train” or even the full-on “Adventure Caving” be assured that you are in for and adventure never to be forgotten.Telephone: 03 788 8168
Fax: 03 789 5508
Address: The Charleston Hotel, State Highway 6, Charleston
Postal: Box 7, Charleston 7865
Paparoa National Park i-SITE Visitor Centre
Tourism Visitor Centre.
Call in and see what Punakaiki has to offer. Walks, weather and track information, conservation products and services, and visitor reservation/booking facility for your accommodation, activity and transport requirements. Open seven days.
Fax: 03 731 1896
Address: State Highway 6, Punakaiki
Postal: CMB 1, RD1 Runanga, Punakaiki 7873
Enjoy a different and rewarding experience by volunteering with Conservation Volunteers at Punakaiki.
Learn about the environment and contribute through activities such as tree planting and seed collection.
Golden Sands Horse & Wagon Tours
Travel in the footsteps of the early pioneers down the beautiful Barrytown beach, in a wagon pulled by Murphy the gentle Clydesdale.
Boil the billy over the open fire, make traditional damper bread and learn about the local history.
Tours leave around low tide. Bookings essential.
Telephone: 03 7311 136
Address: Glen Road, Barrytown