"PUNAKAIKI ROCKS [PANCAKE ROCKS]" Westport Things to Do Tip by balhannah

Westport Things to Do: 9 reviews and 17 photos

by balhannah

Located south of Westport & Charleston, are the Pancake Rocks and Blowholes that were formed under the sea 30 million years ago, and have now weathered into extraordinary shapes by wind and waves.

The blowholes are the result of massive undermining of these weird structures by wave action. High seas surge into caverns, causing enough pressure to propel impressive geysers of spume and spray up through clefts in the rock. The best time to visit the blowholes is at high tide when they are at their most powerful.

The Dolomite Point lookout above the famous pancake rocks, is a short walk from the road on a paved loop track. You will hear the booming surf long before you see the pancakes!

We didn't do this as we were moving on, but if you are here at dusk and head down to the nearby beaches and wave-sculpted rock platforms, you may see Westland black petrels. This is the only breeding colony of these large burrow-nesting birds in the world.

LOCATION.... 40 km north of Greymouth, or south of Westport on the West Coast.

There is an information centre, tearooms, tavern, motels, lodges and a motor camp located here. There are some good photo opportunities, and this is a MUST SEE!

Website: http://www.punakaiki.co.nz/ -

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  • Written Jan 27, 2010
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