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Pancake Rocks

Drive along the Great Coast Road to reach these unusual rock formations, the product of 30 million years of natural moulding.

If you plan a trip along New Zealand’s famous Great Coast Road you will no doubt hear about Punakaiki’s Pancake Rocks, as they are one of the most popular sites on the coast. The rocks are a fascinating collection of limestone formations, formed over 30 millions years on the ocean floor. Marine creatures, sand and shells make up the hard rocks, which were compounded under the pressure of the Tasman Sea before New Zealand’s volcanic activity lifted them to above the surface. Visit Pancake Rocks and walk through the deep crevices in the stone, see powerful waves explode through blowholes and watch a stunning sunset.

From the car park on the side of the Great Coast Road it’s just a 20-minute round trip to reach Pancake Rocks. Follow the wheelchair friendly trail to reach the water’s edge for sweeping views of the Tasman Sea and the Pancake Rocks. Gaze across the stacks of rocks to see the water beyond before you follow the trails that lead between the crevices to get close to the compounded rock and see the patterns in the outer shell.

Check the tidal times before venturing to Pancake Rocks, as the blowholes are most impressive on a full tide. Watch as powerful waves careen towards the rock formations, shooting a turret of water through the naturally formed blowholes.

Stick around to watch a classic west coast sunset. The Pancake Rocks are a popular destination for sunset seekers and offer excellent photo opportunities.

The Pancake Rocks are located within the Paparoa National Park, just outside the town of Punakaiki. Drive through the national park along State Highway 6 to reach the roadside car park. There are no fees to visit the rocks.


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Punakaiki Resort

Punakaiki Resort

State Highway 6, Punakaiki
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated near the beach, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Paparoa National Park and Pancake Rocks. Punakaiki Pancake Rocks and Blowholes and Punakaiki Beach are also within 15 minutes.

    Punakaiki Beachfront Motels NZ$150
    Punakaiki Beachfront Motels

    Punakaiki Beachfront Motels

    Mabel St (CMB 66), Punakaiki
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in Punakaiki, this beach cabin is steps away from Punakaiki Beach and Paparoa National Park. Pororari River Track and Pancake Rocks are also within 15 minutes.

      Punakaiki Beach Camp NZ$110
      Punakaiki Beach Camp

      Punakaiki Beach Camp

      5 Owen Street, Punakaiki
         
        2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated on the beach, this campsite is steps away from Punakaiki Beach and Paparoa National Park. Pororari River Track and Pancake Rocks are also within 1 mile (2 km).

        Te Hui House NZ$72
        Te Hui House

        Te Hui House

        11 Owen Street, Punakaiki
           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated by the ocean, this guesthouse is within a 5-minute walk of Punakaiki Beach and Pororari River Track. Pancake Rocks and Punakaiki Pancake Rocks and Blowholes are also within 1 mi (2 km).

          Punakaiki Beach Hostel NZ$95
          Punakaiki Beach Hostel

          Punakaiki Beach Hostel

          2 Webb Street, Punakaiki
             
            2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Offering direct access to the beach, this Punakaiki hostel is within a 5-minute walk of Punakaiki Beach and Paparoa National Park. Pancake Rocks and Punakaiki Pancake Rocks and Blowholes are also within 1 mile (2 km).

            Sea Views and Sunsets NZ$270
            Sea Views and Sunsets

            Sea Views and Sunsets

            4224 State Highway 6, Punakaiki, West Coast
               
              0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in Punakaiki, this cottage is within a 10-minute walk of Paparoa National Park and Pancake Rocks. Punakaiki Pancake Rocks and Blowholes and Punakaiki Beach are also within 1 mile (2 km).

              Two Bedroom Cottage With sea Views, Punakaiki NZ$375
              Two Bedroom Cottage With sea Views, Punakaiki

              Two Bedroom Cottage With sea Views, Punakaiki

              4224 State Highway 6, Punakaiki, West Coast
                 
                0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Punakaiki, this cottage is close to Pancake Rocks, Punakaiki Pancake Rocks and Blowholes and Pororari River Track. Local attractions also include Punakaiki Beach and Truman Track.

                Cozy Studio With Outside Bath tub NZ$276
                Cozy Studio With Outside Bath tub

                Cozy Studio With Outside Bath tub

                4224 State Highway 6, Punakaiki, West Coast
                   
                  0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated on the waterfront, this cottage is within a 10-minute walk of Paparoa National Park and Pancake Rocks. Punakaiki Pancake Rocks and Blowholes and Punakaiki Beach are also within 1 mile (2 km).