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Punakaiki Cavern

State Highway 6 | Paparoa National Park, Punakaiki, New Zealand
+64 3-731 1895
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A little bit of fun

“ A little adventure”, as described by my youngest. Whilst we did not see any glow worms the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Brisbane, Australia
via mobile
Hole by the highway

Certainly visit it, as you can walk down from the pancake rocks car park or just park in the next... read more

Reviewed 29 November 2017
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  • Poor1%
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“glow worms” (14 reviews)
“torch light” (2 reviews)
“fun exploring” (2 reviews)
State Highway 6 | Paparoa National Park, Punakaiki, New Zealand
+64 3-731 1895
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Reviewed 1 week ago 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
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
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

Thank Grembo
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
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
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
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
Reviewed 10 June 2017

Punakaiki Cavern makes for a nice addition to a visit to the Punakaiki Pancake Rocks. If you are waiting for the tide to come in and need to kill some time, or if you just want something else to do in the area, just head...More

Thank kasejason
Reviewed 21 April 2017

Great location, right next to the highway down the slope just north of the Pancake Rocks. Down and then up a few steps and you are at thd mouth of this very accessible cavern. Make sure you have good shoes and a source of light!...More

1  Thank Chris W
Reviewed 18 April 2017

This is a hidden little gem that the man at the DoC information centre told us about. Our four year old son had a great time exploring the cave, which goes back quite a distance from the opening.

Thank Sara J
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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.