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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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Beautiful place

The Pancake rocks did not disappoint - arrived late afternoon in winter season so tide was on it's... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Glasgow, United Kingdom
via mobile
Great spot!

We were driving from Westport and stop here to watch pancake rocks. Well track and kids will love... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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| State Highway 6, Paparoa National Park, Punakaiki 7873, New Zealand
+64 3-731 1895
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The Pancake rocks did not disappoint - arrived late afternoon in winter season so tide was on it's way back in! Amazing scenery and the light was fantastic for pictures .... the rocks are pretty awesome too!! Worth stopping by.... although avoid the cafe (...More

Thank rosycheeks1306
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were driving from Westport and stop here to watch pancake rocks. Well track and kids will love it! Beautiful spot to take some pictures and have a rest.

Thank Ayumi M
Reviewed 1 week ago

We headed there a bit too early so missed high tide which was a shame. I would definitely try and time it for high tide. It is pretty and a nice easy walk but missed some of the effect but we're sure it would have...More

Thank Aussie_Traveller183
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's so pretty here, especially when the tide is putting on a beautiful show! Not every place is flat so those with reduced mobility may have a bit of trouble, but they can still visit.

Thank Autumn D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A beautiful, mind-blowing place. A easy walk is largely wheel-chair friendly and can be completed in 20 minutes, but 40-60 is recommended to take in the sights and sounds. About 15% of a figure-8 track has steps that are not suitable for a wheel-chair, but...More

Thank Gavin6114
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a very nicely done walk to see the Pancake rocks and various blow holes. Suggest coming when high tide is coming in for best effects. The trails are very easy to walk, nice gravel paths for the most part with some stone steps...More

Thank momhay1957
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband and I stopped to see the pancake rocks on our way to Fox Glacier from Nelson. I had read about this area and thought it would be a good place for a driving break. Turns out we spent about an hour walking around...More

Thank Mallory M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Well cared for walking track. Great views of the Blowholes. Good accesibility on the track even for those with mobility difficulty. Only a couple of places where older folk may have difficulty getting up and down steep steps.

1  Thank susiejean2016
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Go when the blow holes are at their peak and you will be blown away - no pun intended. But stay the night. It is a village with a real music and art scene. Check out the open mic at the cafe - especially if...More

1  Thank NikiG1948
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Pancake rocks are amazing along with the sound the ocean makes when it hits the rocks. I have never seen this type a formation any where else. Would highly recommend.

Thank lbarry16
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Helen J
I'm sorry, but I suspect what you saw were Weka, rather than Kiwi. They look similar in colour & size, but Kiwi are rarely seen and only come out at night. Thanks for the review though.
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
Hi, I am on a very tight schedule. When would be the best time to visit the pancake rocks- morning or afternoon ?
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
I won't have a car, si how do I get from Greymouth to Pancake Rock?
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.