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Punakaiki Cavern

State Highway 6 | Paparoa National Park, Punakaiki, New Zealand
+64 3-731 1895
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Close to the village

This cave is a short walk from the village. To explore it you need to take a torch. It was very... read more

Reviewed 15 April 2018
John T
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Coventry, United Kingdom
Not worth a visit.

This cavern is not really worth a visit unless you are really keen to see caves. It is too dark to... read more

Reviewed 24 February 2018
Skyferret
,
Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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“glow worms” (11 reviews)
“torch light” (2 reviews)
“fun exploring” (2 reviews)
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State Highway 6 | Paparoa National Park, Punakaiki, New Zealand
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+64 3-731 1895
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"glow worms"
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"torch light"
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"fun exploring"
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"pair of shoes"
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"watch your head"
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"nice cave"
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"the main road"
in 4 reviews
"bring a flashlight"
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"pancake rolls"
in 13 reviews
"car park"
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"fossils"
in 4 reviews
"deeper"
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"headlamp"
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"parts"
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"path"
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Reviewed 15 April 2018

This cave is a short walk from the village. To explore it you need to take a torch. It was very slippery and very wet when we went.

Thank John T
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Reviewed 24 February 2018

This cavern is not really worth a visit unless you are really keen to see caves. It is too dark to really get far into the cave or see anything.

Thank Skyferret
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Reviewed 16 February 2018 via mobile

We ventured to this cave while visiting Pancake Rocks. It was about 500m down the road. Not many people seemed to know about it. Luckily we had a torch because without it we would have only been able to go in about about 10m. With...More

Thank LuckyTravelerRonaldo
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Reviewed 8 January 2018 via mobile

“ A little adventure”, as described by my youngest. Whilst we did not see any glow worms the children had fun going into the dark caves. Don’t forget your your torch.

Thank AT35
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Reviewed 29 November 2017 via mobile

Certainly visit it, as you can walk down from the pancake rocks car park or just park in the next spot north and duck across the road. It’s just a depression in the rock and a low cave, cut by the sea. Get right to...More

Thank mrdom
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Reviewed 26 November 2017 via mobile

This is fun if you like exploring in caves. Top tip: bring a torch and a good pair of shoes. It can be damp underfoot. We found that there are a couple of arms to the cave, and you can walk or crawl in as...More

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Reviewed 30 September 2017 via mobile

This is a little gem. The walk is a good one but make sure you take a really good touch as it gets quite dark. Also make you are have the right foot ware for this walk and it is quite slippery and a good...More

Thank Shayne250978
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Reviewed 14 August 2017 via mobile

Found it by accident when we were doing a gorge walk in the area and walkig back along the road to the car. I gave it a high rating because it is so quick to do (5 minutes) if you just go into the start...More

Thank Chris H
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Reviewed 19 July 2017

We visited with two small children, 5 and 7, and had no idea what to expect from this free cave. The cavern is much bigger than expected. We just used the torch on the mobile phone. But a proper torch light would be good to...More

Thank Theorchardist
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Reviewed 1 July 2017

You can easily drive past without even knowing, thank goodness I read the reviews and please note there is little parking on the side of the road (parking beach side only). We had the cavern to ourselves and we got to have fun exploring, we...More

Thank Ingrid J
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FelicityKerr
12 August 2017|
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Response from Theorchardist | Reviewed this property |
Yes, I would say that's definitely doable. You could even carry your 2.5 yr old in, if you wanted to.
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