Pancake Rocks, Punakaiki, Paparoa National Park, West Coast
Image: Benhi Dixon | Creative Commons


Explore a limestone landscape of pancake-shaped rock formations, blowholes and surge pools on this short, paved walk that's great for children.

Track overview

1.1 km loop

Dog access

No dogs

About this track


This is an all weather walk around the famous Pancake Rocks and Blowholes. Looking like giant pancakes the curious limestone formations are especially spectacular at high tide in a westerly sea.

With the exception of an optional short section with steps, the walk is suitable for wheelchairs (with assistance). As the rocks are both fragile and dangerous, it is important to stay on the path.

The blowholes are at their best around high tide when there is a westerly swell. 

Getting there

The walk is at Dolomite Point, near the little settlement of Punakaiki on SH6. It's 44 km north of Greymouth and 57 km south of Westport.

Know before you go

Because the return track suddenly emerges on the highway make sure children are not running ahead.

Keep to the formed path and don't go beyond safety barriers.

A lifebelt near Sudden Sound Blowhole is a reminder that it's very dangerous to stray from the track and to take special care of children.


Paparoa National Park Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 3 731 1895
Address:   4294 Coast Road
RD 1
Runanga 7873
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