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Punakaiki Pancake Rocks

This is an all-time walk around the the formations of pancake rocks and blowholes in calcareous formations. Except for an optional short section with steps, the walk is suitable for wheelchairs (with assistance). Blowholes are formed by a mixture of compressed water and air that flows through the caverns below and is forced upwards, creating a huge spray wall. They're best around high tide when there is a south-westerly swell.


Spectacular views, geological oddities, coastal forest, abundant birdlife, and marine mammals are highlights along this walk.

The walk is at Dolomite Point, near the little settlement of Punakaiki on SH6. It's 44 km north of Greymouth and 57 km south of Westport.


Backpack Backpack
Hike Hike


Child Friendly Child Friendly
Dog friendly Dog friendly
Picnic Area Picnic Area
Parking Parking

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