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West coast tourist stop

This place will be on most peoples west coast itineraries. Its geologically fascinating. The walk... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Maitland, Australia
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a grand place to be at.

We went a number of yrs ago and loved the whole of the bottom island. We stayed however in this... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Bob S
San Jose, California
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Suggested duration: < 1 hour
| State Highway 6, Paparoa National Park, Punakaiki 7873, New Zealand
+64 3-731 1895
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This place will be on most peoples west coast itineraries. Its geologically fascinating. The walk itself is short. 40 mins max. And here is something you need to know. Check out what time high tide is. This is when the blow holes, such as chimney...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago

We went a number of yrs ago and loved the whole of the bottom island. We stayed however in this area and hiked alot. Amazing scenery, wonderful places to stay and the walks and hikes are beyond words. Made me want to buy land their...More

Thank Bob S
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

The walk is short (20 mins) and as long as there aren’t coach loads of tourists it is n enjoyable stroll on an easy tarmac path (good for proms & wheelchairs etc). There are plenty of viewing points for some great photo opportunities. When we...More

Thank EnglishHugh
Reviewed 1 week ago

Stopped here while driving down the western coastal highway. There is plenty of parking the day we were there. It is difficult to tell from the road what you will see, but the walk is well worth it. The path if not difficult and it...More

1  Thank Telkontar
Reviewed 1 week ago

Timed our visit to perfection enjoying the later part of the day which is not so busy & high tide for the best action. Pleasant Scenic Short Walk from Road.

Thank CarolandBruce H
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Well worth the drive from Greymouth to Pancake rocks and blowholes. It is not a single rock formation site but many fantastic different variety rock formations in one nicely constructed walkway park. From the entrance, we were surprised that it came with well layout proper...More

Thank Susie813
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The walk was nice the rocks are pretty cool to look at and the blow holes were in full force! There were not many people there which was nice, we got to take our time and read all the signs and have a good look...More

Thank maxischnoodles
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Takes 40 mins and the geology plus vegetation is extremely interesting and the site is immaculate. Most of it is very accessible too! Don’t miss this even if it’s ☔️ again. Good visitor shop and clean amenities with parking across the road.

Thank 325jt
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went for a walk to see the rocks and the blowholes. The walking tracks were sealed and maintained to a high level. There was one section which included a series of steep steps down and up which elderly need to take their time and...More

Thank Geoffrey_Chapman
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Initially, we didnt plan to stop by here but we have extra days and decided to stop by. And it is one of the best stop here in South Island. Great nature view, extraordinary tidal waves. Nothing can describe in words you gotta come here...More

Thank Alex Y
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Helen J
27 December 2016|
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Response from Jack D | Reviewed this property |
Who said anything about seeing kiwi? I went back and read my review and there is no mention of any birds. We did see white fronted terns nesting in the rocks which I did not mention since they were a bit far away.
Lovely S
20 September 2015|
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Response from Craig C | Reviewed this property |
The best time to visit is an hour either side of high tide as that is when the blowhole is most spectacular. I suggest you do some research on tide times before your visit.
Ed O
17 February 2015|
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Response from Julie P | Reviewed this property |
There should be a bus leaving from Greymouth. or go to the information centre in Greymouth and see if there is a tour bus.