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| State Highway 6, Paparoa National Park, Punakaiki 7873, New Zealand
+64 3-731 1895
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Pancake Rocks and Blowholes Walk Tours and Tickets
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Pancake rocks and blowholes north of Greymouth is an amazing natural phenomenon. We drove here in the worst weather! There was no warm welcome to NZ but after donning raincoats and heading up the walkways our efforts were paid off. Unfortunately we weren't here for...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Angie W
Reviewed 6 days ago

Best to go at high tide to see the waves crashing against the rocks and splashing high up the walls of the Blowholes. Still worth a look at low tide as the Pancake look of the rocks is fascinating.

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank C_E_N_11
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

An absolute gem! My Dad and I drove down there from Westport. The weather wasn’t great but you need to see the West Coast at its rugged best. The walk to the blowholes is not too bad, there are a few steep steps but not...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank U8767APadrianc
Reviewed 1 week ago

We ere taking the children hydro sliding at the Greymouth pool and had a spare 90 minutes before opening time so we drove up to Punakaiki. The family enjoyed the dynamic forces that never ceased and frequently got a good spraying from the blowholes -...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Rob W
Reviewed 1 week ago

If you have a rental car- its not too far to drive from Greymouth and well worth the trip. The walk was easy for all ages and the pancake rocks and blowholes were spectacular. So much history !

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank nomoregoes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stayed in Punakaiki which was a 30 minuted drive up from Greymouth. This was our first sight seeing stop for the day. We parked across the road from the entrance and then did the walk around the rocks and blow hole. Mother nature is...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Ginges_revenge
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If in Punakaki be sure to visit Pancake Rocks and the Blowholes. It's unbelievable what Mother Nature has created here. Be sure to give yourself a bit of time for the water to build up in the blowholes for quite a show! Spectacular!

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank KHTTU2000
Reviewed 8 September 2019 via mobile

1 hr drive north from Greymouth town on the west coast of South Island. Free entry. 30 min trail walk. Stay within the boundary.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank maestr02
Reviewed 1 September 2019 via mobile

We visited Pancake Rocks and Blowholes while it was stormy. WOW!!! Wind, waves, spray and sea sound. A highlight of our tour. Well maintained footpaths, signposted, information centre and car park opposite with spaces for camper vans.

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Jeanne-Michelle L
Reviewed 7 August 2019

We had a king high tide and a storm system.. Pancake rocks was super powerful for our high tide visit. Don’t let the rain put you off.. have a spare set of clothes in the car ready to put on. Loved it!

Date of experience: August 2019
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Nicole W
19 June 2019|
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Response from TheBonzNottingham | Reviewed this property |
Nicole, just park up (free), cross the road (carefully, as the traffic can be fairly fast by NZ standards), and stroll round at your own pace. High tide times is a good tip.
26 November 2018|
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Response from Kerri a | Reviewed this property |
The track is wheelchair accessible! there are a few steps towards the end of the loop past the viewpoint, but you could just turn around and go back the way you came!
14 November 2018|
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Response from Michael-4551 | Reviewed this property |
I had a car when I visited area. It might be best to contact Paparoa National Park Visitor Information Centre (google for details) and check with them for options.