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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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Natural Beauty

The rock formations are unbelievable. The rocks actually look like layers of pancakes. Worth... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Queenstown, New Zealand
Cool geography

From a geographical point of view they really make clear all of the processes which create... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Chris H
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| State Highway 6, Paparoa National Park, Punakaiki 7873, New Zealand
+64 3-731 1895
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Reviewed 4 days ago

The rock formations are unbelievable. The rocks actually look like layers of pancakes. Worth stopping for a look. The blowholes are amazing to watch and consider that the waves formed this natural beauty.

Thank Hatzidis
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

From a geographical point of view they really make clear all of the processes which create erosional landforms. From an 'everyone else' point of view, the scenery is amazing. There are loads of comical signs about idiots climbing over the rails and what will happen...More

Thank Chris H
Reviewed 5 days ago

Part of Paparoa National Park, the Pancake Rocks are strange and geologically amazing for their formation. They are also dramatic, their setting being the edge of the Tasmanian Sea. The 20 - 30 minute walk took us through and around the rocks and in the...More

Thank VWriter
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

The pancake rocks and blowholes were really interesting. There is a little walk, about 20 minutes round trip. The rocks are limestone and the layers look like a pancake stack. We were not there at a high tide so did not see the full extent...More

Thank Lyndel A
Reviewed 1 week ago

We came her 15yrs prior on our honeymoon and wanted to recreate some pics as a family now. So it was worth it to drive here, but the time of day we came tide was out and so no blowhole action. Walk was excellent and...More

2  Thank 1020bluestem
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Well kept walk-ways lead to nature at her best. The walk takes you to all the best spots to see the rock formations and blow holes. You can hear the crashing waves long before you see them. Time it so the tide is coming in...More

Thank Dearmans
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The walk around the pancake rocks was an easy 20 minute stroll. The paths are constructed to be wheelchair friendly for most of the way. One section would stop a wheelchair but you would see all the sights despite that. The plant life is also...More

1  Thank youngmerinda
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We have visited this site 3 times over the years and we have to congratulate the team for the way its been developed - many more viewing points now than in the past and some very well presented signage and info boards.

Thank Brynkoru
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Despite the inclement weather we stopped, got soaked but had an awesome view of the ocean and these geological formations. Perhaps the best weather to see the area is in the wind and rain given the blowholes were in action. We then stopped at the...More

Thank Alison C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Couldn't decide what was more amazing - the rock formations or the sheer violence of the water. And the noise!! It was a bit scary to watch, even though we were perfectly safe up on the path. The path is flat and wide in some...More

Thank Sielah
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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.