Blowhole at Punakaiki

Punakaiki is on the West Coast of New Zealand's South Island and has the Department of Conservation Centre for the surrounding Paparoa National Park.

It has great coastal scenery and is best known for the Pancake Rocks and Blow Holes.

Get in

The long drive in (2-3 hr) from Nelson winds through the Buller Gorge before it nears Westport and is scenically interesting almost the whole way, but along narrow, winding, roads. The final 50 min drive south from Westport is along a truly stunning coast after you reach the sea.

From the south, you'll have to pass through Greymouth. Punakaiki is approximately 3.5 hr drive north of Fox Glacier.


Rock formations off the coast



Eat and drink


Go next

Routes through Punakaiki

Nelson Murchison  N  S  Greymouth

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