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Paparoa National Park

Punakaiki is the centre for Paparoa National Park and one of the major tourist attractions on the West Coast. There are plenty of activities you can do here, eg. horse trekking, caving, guided walks or a variety of short walks, Westland Black Petrel tours, rafting...etc. If you wish to spend more time here, overnight tramps and different day walks will keep you occupied.

Anyway, you must visit Paparoa's most famous 'Pancake Rocks' on Dolomite Point. These fascinating limestone formations put on a spectacular spouting display in certain sea conditions. The eroded rock layers look like stacks of pancakes. Water is forced by the waves into small holes, where it blows upward, making tiny geysers - best effect during high tide or stormy weather. I've been here 3 times over the last 8 years travelling with different groups.

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  • Last visit to Punakaiki: Dec 2000
  • Intro Updated Jan 26, 2005
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