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Pancake Rocks and Blowholes Walk

| State Highway 6, Paparoa National Park, Punakaiki 7873, New Zealand
+64 3-731 1895
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Forget Greymouth, stay here, eat here and do the walk. WOW. Beautiful spot, was really not... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Hastings, New Zealand
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A must-see!

After leaving Abel Tasman, we visited Cape Foulwind and then made this our second stop. We were... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
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“the west coast” (157 reviews)
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| State Highway 6, Paparoa National Park, Punakaiki 7873, New Zealand
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Forget Greymouth, stay here, eat here and do the walk. WOW. Beautiful spot, was really not expecting it.

Thank Ky83
Reviewed 3 days ago

After leaving Abel Tasman, we visited Cape Foulwind and then made this our second stop. We were blown away by the punakaiki rocks and blowholes. The path is stunning, with phenomenal views of the rocks, the ocean, and plants. It is a must-see if you...More

Thank Natalie K
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Great. Blow holes work. But super super busy at high tide. It's become very fancy since i was there last. Good signage and info sheets. A walk anyone can do. Does not require any form or fitness.

Thank ohakana
Reviewed 4 days ago

The place it is indeed beautiful, you can go around a small park and see this rocks from several points of view, but the level of awe will depend of what else you have seen in your life. They are very beautiful rock formations, that...More

Thank AlinaMC
Reviewed 5 days ago

I travelled for almost a month in NZ and this place is my favorite. The drive to Punakaiki (we were arriving from westport) is breathtaking and the pankakes rocks are a wonder. It is worth to spend a night there and enjoy the spectacular sunset...More

Thank titwo
Reviewed 6 days ago

Erosion has caused the rocks to look like stacks of pancakes ... we went on a day when the conditions were right to see the blowholes working as well. Really enjoyed this natural spectacle. Highly recommended.

1  Thank AliBrisbane
Reviewed 6 days ago

Amazing coastal limestone formations of pancake-shaped rock, with blowholes, inlets, surge pools and great coastal views. You can get close up to the bird life, and there’s some fascinating vegetation. The Department of Conservation (DOC) have done a great job of creating a paved trail,...More

Thank DadaGee
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My boyfriend and I loved our short stop to see the Punakaiki rocks and blowholes. It was romantic with lots of nearby trails to beautiful spots. It reminded us of a little piece of Hawaii in New Zealand.

Thank Susan C
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were driving from Nelson down to Greymouth and stopped here. Even if the wheater was quite bad that day we were lucky and it stopped raining for 30 minutes. There is a nice walk to the rocks, very well-maintained and with great spots to...More

Thank Miss_Eva_CH
Reviewed 1 week ago

We arrived on a windy, raining day. Still feel it is worth to drive such a long way to look at this Natural Wonder. The rock walkway make me feel like the Great Wall in China. When I first look at the Pancake rocks, looks...More

Thank khingkwl
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Helen J
27 December 2016|
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Response from Jack D | Reviewed this property |
Who said anything about seeing kiwi? I went back and read my review and there is no mention of any birds. We did see white fronted terns nesting in the rocks which I did not mention since they were a bit far away.
Lovely S
21 September 2015|
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Response from Craig C | Reviewed this property |
The best time to visit is an hour either side of high tide as that is when the blowhole is most spectacular. I suggest you do some research on tide times before your visit.
Ed O
18 February 2015|
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Response from Julie P | Reviewed this property |
There should be a bus leaving from Greymouth. or go to the information centre in Greymouth and see if there is a tour bus.