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Punakaiki

Punakaiki - Pancake Rocks & Blowholes

HOME OF THE FAMOUS PANCAKE ROCKS & BLOWHOLES!

Home of the famous Pancake Rocks & Blowholes. Get there via the Great Coast Road, one of the Top 10 Coastal Drives in the world!

What is it?

Nature’s power unleashed. Awesome, mesmerising natural drama as the ocean surges through towering pancaked limestone formations. The Pancake Rocks at Dolomite Point near Punakaiki are a heavily eroded limestone area where the sea bursts through several vertical blowholes.

The foundations of the Pancake Rocks were formed 30 million years ago when minute fragments of dead marine creatures and plants landed on the seabed about 2 km below the surface.

Immense water pressure caused them to solidify into layers of more resistant limestone and softer, thin, mud-rich layers.

Gradually seismic action lifted the limestone above the seabed where water, wind and salt spray eroded the softer layers leaving a "pancake" like stack of harder limestone.

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Pancake Rocks & Blowholes

The impressive blowholes are at their best at high tide – ask at the Paparoa National Park i-SITE about the tide times.

Deals, Accomodation and Activities

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Punakaiki Beach Camp

$150

Punakaiki Beach Camp

Between the beach, river and National Park the Punakaiki Beach Camp is truly a paradise holiday destination. The camp is located 700m north of the Pancake Rocks under magnificent limestone cliffs.

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Adults - $45pp Children - $15

Punakaiki Canoes

Take a leisurely paddle on the Pororari River beneath towering limestone cliffs in the Paparoa National Park.

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Paparoa Track Transport

$80

Paparoa Track Services

The team at the Punakaiki Beach Camp will take care of your Great Walk logistics. We offer a simple booking system so you can confirm all track services instantly.

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