Experience the Pancake Rocks and Blowholes

Are you looking for a breathtaking attraction to visit during your time on the West Coast of the Southern Island? Come and visit The Pancake Rocks and Blowholes and witness one of the most fascinating natural attractions in New Zealand! Add to your stack today to kick-start your adventure!

Where can I find the Pancake Rocks?

The Pancake Rocks can be found at Dolomite Point near the town of Punakaiki.

The Pancake Rocks in Punakaiki are the number one natural attraction on the West Coast!

The rocks are made up of an eroded limestone area where the sea bursts through, creating several blowholes. The Pancake Rocks are said to have been formed over 30 million years ago when small pieces of dead marine and plant organisms arrived on the seabed below the surface.

The Pancake Rocks are a part of the Paparoa National Park and can be easily accessed via the Pancake Rocks and Blowholes Walk, found in the centre of Punakaiki. If you carry along the walk, you will find yourself going up and down stairways that have been cut into the rock faces, and you will cross over a stunning natural limestone bridge. Make sure to bring your camera as there are plenty of photo opportunities along the way!

  • Give yourself at least 20 to 45 minutes to walk the whole of the track
  • The first part of the track is wheel chair accessible
  • Educational panels can be found at the rocks to teach visitors about the geology of the area


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