Punakaiki – West Coast, New Zealand

Punakaiki – West Coast, New Zealand

Punakaiki is best known for its Pancake Rocks and Blowholes – both of which are spectacular and a must-see when visiting the West Coast.

Punakaiki is the service centre for the Paparoa National Park – 30,000 ha of varied landscape from lush West Coast native rainforest and mountain tops, to expansive rugged beaches and coastline.

But there’s more to see and do here than that – ecotourism and tourist activities are plentiful. Take a walk along the beach looking for greenstone; walk the numerous forest and mountain tracks into the Paparoa National Park. Picnic on the beach, surf, or explore the amazing limestone caves.

Stay a while – make Punakaiki your destination for a couple of days and enjoy the friendly hospitality West Coasters are famous for – there are taverns, cafés and restaurants, and a great range of accommodation.