Punakaiki is home to the Pancake Rocks and Blowholes, which is a great attraction not to be missed while on the West Coast. There is an easy walking track to see the limestone rocks and blowholes as the water crashes against the pancake rocks.
Features of the Pancake Rocks
Limestone: See the magnificent formations 30 million years in the making that have layered to form the pancake looking sculptures.
Blowholes: Listen carefully for the Sudden Sound Blowhole, Chimney Pot Blowhole and Putai. Tip: Check in with the visitor centre for the best time of day to visit when the sea swells are at their biggest!
The archway: Take the steps to view the Surge Pool as the waters crash against the rock walls and swirls around.
Coastal views: Look out for shags and dolphins and enjoy the stunning views of the Tasman Sea and mountains.
The Pancake Rocks are located at Dolomite Point in Punakaiki on SH 6 between Greymouth and Westport.