Punakaiki, most famous for its pancake rocks, is the gateway to the dramatic limestone country of the Paparoa National Park.
Located halfway between Greymouth and Westport on one of the most spectacular coastal highways in New Zealand, this stunning area offers a wide range of fabulous activities.
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Punakaiki experiences include:
a wide variety of beautiful beach, forest and mountain walks/hikes - try the Pancakes rocks loop or the nearby Truman track. canoeing or surfing
caving and climbing
arts and crafts
fascinating range of heritage sites
a wide range of taverns, cafes and restaurants
great range of accommodation choices many with fabulous coastal views!
Punakaiki is located near the centre of our famous “Coast Road”, one of the most spectacular coastal drives in the world. The roads are well sealed all the way. To allow time to stop and enjoy some of the walks and coastal views, we recommend allowing much longer than the drive times given in most travel guides.