Things to do in New Zealand, West Coast (South Island): Punakaiki Pancake Rocks & Blowholes, Paparoa National Park

Things to do in New Zealand, West Coast (South Island): Punakaiki Pancake Rocks & Blowholes, Paparoa National Park

The Punakaiki Pancake Rocks in Punakaiki are part of the Paparoa National Park. They are limestone formations created by immense pressure on alternating hard and soft layers of marine creatures and plant sediments. The rocks started forming about 30 million years ago. During high tide, the ocean water bursts through several vertical blowholes.

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Pororari river track & kayaking, New Zealand West Coast (South Island)

Pororari river track & kayaking, New Zealand West Coast (South Island)

The Pororari river runs through a dramatic limestone gorge surrounded by lush rain forests. The river has deep pools with a lookout point. It is part of New Zealand's Paparoa National Park. The Pororari River Track is a part of Punakaiki area walks. Punakaiki Canoes offers rental kayak trips into the heart of the Paparoa National Park, 1km north of the Pancake Rocks and blowholes at Punakaiki.

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TranzAlpine, New Zealand's most scenic train journey in the South Island

TranzAlpine, New Zealand's most scenic train journey in the South Island

TranzAlpine is regarded as one of the most scenic train journeys of the world. It is also one of New Zealand's most beautiful train journeys in the South Island. Traveling across the Canterbury Plains and the Southern Alps, it connects Christchurch on the east coast of the South Island to Greymouth on the west. 

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5 things to do in Christchurch, a historic city on the east coast of New Zealand's South Island

5 things to do in Christchurch, a historic city on the  east coast of New Zealand's South Island

Christchurch is a historic city on the east coast of New Zealand's South Island. In 2010 and 2011, earthquakes destroyed many of its landmark buildings. I arrived in Christchurch flying Air New Zealand from Auckland. I planned to spend two nights in the city and then take the famous Tranz Alpine train to Greymouth…

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