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Pancake Rocks and Blowholes Walk

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Address: | State Highway 6, Paparoa National Park, Punakaiki 7873, New Zealand
Phone Number:
+64 3-731 1895
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

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We visited Pancake Rocks because of its unique and beautiful geological formations which we certainly enjoyed seeing. Unfortunately, the tide was not strong enough to produce the... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We visited Pancake Rocks because of its unique and beautiful geological formations which we certainly enjoyed seeing. Unfortunately, the tide was not strong enough to produce the blow holes we were hoping to see. We did enjoy watching a pod of playful dolphins cruising along the coastline. The walkways are well established and despite it being a cloudy and dizzily... More 

Thank lovesadventures
Norwich, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

It was low tide and pouring with rain but this little walkway had some stunning sights. Never before seen rock formations like this.

Thank NatashaRachael
London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

People had raved about this attraction, as a result we were disappointed. We stopped to have a look as we were in the area. We were there at high tide but didn't see any blow holes. The rocks do look just like a stack of pancakes. Not bad as a pit stop but don't go out of your way.

Thank LauraEvans88
Adelaide, Australia
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30 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

To break up our travels we stopped here not expecting too much. Well, were we wrong. Spectacular views on a stunning autumn day. I would encourage anyone to stop here.

Thank mike p
Boston, Massachusetts
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29 reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We stopped at the Pancake Rocks about an hour or two before sunset and were delighted for the well-manicured path, the wonderfully devised reserve, and the ability to access such a beautiful natural phenomenon. It was a wonderful experience and one of many highlights of our trip. Don't forget to drop by the donation box on your way out of... More 

Thank Aretheremonkeys
Jersey, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

It’s a free to visit attraction. There is a circular path made of tarmac and very well maintained. There are various viewing points along the way. The walk takes about 30 minutes. We visited in summer but it was a cloudy overcast day but still amazing. We were not there at a time to view the blowholes which happen at... More 

Thank Chris-and-Soo
Sydney, Australia
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42 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Definitely a highlight of any visit to the New Zealand west Coast. A well kept walkway just metres from the main road and parking takes you around the blow holes affording great views and photo opportunities. The weathering of the surrounding rocks is a wonderful example of the power of nature at work. Being an Australian I thought that the... More 

Thank WilliamRG2014
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Despite it beeing very crowded with tourists and the rain it was still and interesting walk to see those special rock formations, which I have not seen before. Most of the walk is easy, just at one end there are some narrow steps, but there is also an alternative for those that do not want to do it. Even the... More 

Thank aussi33
Johannesburg, South Africa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The visit to the pancake rocks is free, it is very easily accessible. The rocks are very differently shaped and worth a visit. Parking was plentiful.

Thank Krishan1234
Dunedin, New Zealand
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Punakaiki's Pancake Rocks are fantastic. The short walk is excellent & the rocks are beautiful. One part of the walk has narrow steps, but this section can be avoided if needed. Try to come at high tide and/or on a stormy day so that the blowholes are really putting on a show.

Thank Sarah53187

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