West Coast region

Pancake Rocks, Punakaiki, Paparoa National Park

Pancake Rocks, Punakaiki, Paparoa National Park

Map of New Zealand highlighting the West Coast region.

Luxuriant coastal forest, limestone cliffs and canyons, caves and underground streams, and an absolutely spectacular coastline, are all packed into one national park.

Established in 1987, Paparoa National Park is perhaps most famous for the Pancake Rocks and blowholes of Dolomite Point, near the settlement of Punakaiki.


Paparoa National Park is located in the northern part of the South Island's West Coast, alongside State Highway 6, between the towns of Westport and Greymouth.

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Follow the Outdoor Safety Code:
1. Plan your trip
2. Tell someone
3. Be aware of the weather
4. Know your limits
5. Take sufficient supplies


Paparoa National Park Visitor Centre
Phone:      +64 3 731 1895
Address:   4294 Coast Road
RD 1
Runanga 7873
Email:   paparoavc@doc.govt.nz
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