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Punakaiki Cavern

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Address: Punakaiki, New Zealand
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+64 3-731 1895

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Nice cave

Wicked cave!!! Take a torch and some cloths you don't mind getting dirty or wet and go have an explore

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 16 January 2017
Greymouth, New Zealand
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London, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We came across this cave when walking back from the blow holes and were quite excited to explore. It was a rather dark and gloomy affair ending in a small cavern.

Thank Sally B
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A nice cave, try and remember a torch and you could explore more than I did. Worth a quick stop if your going to pancake rocks

Thank Grace T
Greymouth, New Zealand
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15 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017 via mobile

Wicked cave!!! Take a torch and some cloths you don't mind getting dirty or wet and go have an explore

Thank mrunknown103214
Huntsville, Alabama
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017

Easy walkway down to the cave but you will need to bring your own torch/flashlight and good walking shoes. The rocks can be damp and slippery.

Thank LdyKat88
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017

I have never been to a cavern and this is a good experience for me. If you want to fully explore the cavern, be prepared to get dirty. some parts of the cavern requires one to crawl or duck to very low levels. There is very little head room and might be difficult for giant size people. Definitely worth visiting... More 

Thank AloysiusMD
Summerland Key, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017 via mobile

My husband and I explored the Punakaiki cave and it was really cool. We didn't have proper equipment but we're able to get pretty far back. Definitely recommend checking it out!

Thank sarah f
Paris, France
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2016 via mobile

A cave along the road after the Pancake Rocks. Just make sure you bring a torch light if you want to go deep inside the cave...

Thank Franco8375
Berkeley, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016

So cool. You kind of have to head off to the right a bit to get to the part where there's a little Milky Way of worms across the cave ceiling.

Thank jaimeleecurrier
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016 via mobile

Punakaiki cavern is signposted from the main road and just a couple of hundred metres from the visitor centre. Access is via some wooden steps and a short access track which was very muddy when we visited. We couldn't see any glow worms or fossils from near the entrance and the lights from our phone / tablet weren't strong enough... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

Delicious food and friendly staff. From the tavern you can start off several of the hikes. For example, Paparoa National Park Walk. My favorite walk was straight up the river.

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