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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