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Punakaiki Cavern

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Address: State Highway 6 | Paparoa National Park, Punakaiki, New Zealand
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+64 3-731 1895
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Fun experience for the whole family

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... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Chris W
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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! Plenty of nooks and crannies for the kids to explore safely.

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1 Thank Chris W
Nelson, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

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.

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Thank Sara J
Santa Fe, New Mexico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Punakaii Caverns are very easy to access from the pu,ic parking lot along Highway 6 at Pancake Rocks, don't miss it. Friends suggested we bring along a flashlight to help navigate some of the dark areas of the caverns. This really helped. You could spend 30 minutes here or 90-minutes fully exploring the wonder of the caverns. This is... More 

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Thank Greg B
Bentonville, Arkansas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 March 2017 via mobile

We went at around 10:15 at night. When you first enter the cavern you don't see anything, but keep going further back into the cavern and you will see glow worms! Amazing to see them for free.

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Reviewed 11 March 2017 via mobile

This is absolutely worth it! There are quite a few glowworms if you go deep enough. It was amazing! The cave was fun to explore and a great way to see glowworms for FREE!

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 March 2017

Do the cave at night with a red headlamp to get the full effect of the worms. It's a little muddy inside.

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Thank Ronald A T
London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 February 2017 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.

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Thank Sally B
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Reviewed 1 February 2017 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

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Thank Grace T
Greymouth, New Zealand
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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

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Huntsville, Alabama
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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.

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