About West Coast
Punakaiki is a small community on the West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand, between Westport and Greymouth. The community lies on the edge of the Paparoa National Park.
The Pancake Rocks are a very popular tourist destination at Dolomite Point south of the main village. The Pancake Rocks are a heavily eroded limestone area where the sea bursts through several vertical blowholes during high tides. Together with the 'pancake'-layering of the limestone (created by immense pressure on alternating hard and soft layers of marine creatures and plant sediments), these form the main attraction of the area.
The Pancake Rocks are presently explorable by a number of walkways winding through the rock formations, parts of these wheelchair-accessible and others carved into stairways up and down the rock faces. State Highway 6, the only through road on the West Coast, passes through the town.
The Pancake Rocks and Punakaiki Blow Holes
The Pancake Rocks and Blow Holes are limestone formations over 30 million years old. Over the years, deceased lime-rich marine life would settle on the sea floor and has since been covered by layers of mud and clay. Over time the limestone has been moulded into extraordinary shapes by the wind and waves. Take a stroll from Punakaiki Resort, only 300 metres from the famous attraction at high tide for the optimum experience.
The Truman Track
For an easy 30 minute walk that offers the best New Zealand nature has to offer - take the Truman Track - a short distance from Punakaiki Resort. Walk through beautiful native bush to a small, picturesque beach on the short 1.5km walk.
Located just six kilometres from Westport, Carters Beach is a wonderful example of the famous wild West Coast beaches New Zealand is known for. Carters Beach is a safe swimming beach and a great place to take the family in summer.
Glow Worm Cave Tour - Charleston
Travel through the Nile River Caves in the Paparoa National Park and take in the spectacular Glow Worm galaxies and a wonderland of ancient stalagmites and stalactites. The Glow Worm tour is in Charleston, only 30 minutes from your West Coast hotel.
Cape Foulwind Seal Colony
Cape Foulwind is located near Westport on New Zealand's West Coast; it's home to a Fur Seal colony which is accessbile via a well-maintained walking track to Tauranga Bay.
Hokitika Gorge Walk
Hokitika Gorge is truely one of the most beautiful walks in New Zealand. The walk to the gorge is very short at 15 minutes and is suitable for all ages - although small children should be supervised closeley at the end of the track. For a little more adventure, take a walk over the swing bridge for some stunning upstream views.
Upcoming Events in the area
South Island Comedy Stars In Hokitika
Date: 24 August 2018Continue reading »
Blowout Comedy is proud to bring you this killer show!
On Friday August 24th some of the best comedians the South Island has to offer are hitting the West Coast performing for one night only at The Lodge Theatre in Hokitika!
These are all awesome acts who've toured all over NZ, performed in multiple festivals around NZ and in some cases Australian festivals and clubs as well. They're all headliners around the radical South Island comedy scene and will put on a dope show for you all!
- Justin White (Christchurch)
- Snap RuseWebsites (Christchurch)
- Dan Brader (Dunedin)
- Simon Kingsley-Holmes (Dunedin)
- Georgie Sivier (Christchurch)
Date: 29 September 2018Continue reading »
The fact you're on this page and reading this, then you can do it. It's that simple!
The Spring Challenge is an adventure race for women which began in New Zealand in 2007. It is a team event where 3-women do the entire course together, traveling through the stages as a unit - meaning - it is not a relay team where different team mates do different stages, in adventure racing, the whole team does everything.
Because navigation is a factor, each year the event has a brand new course in a different location, so even for the regular participants, it's always refreshed and exciting, plus there's not a big advantage over teams who are new comers to the sport.
Coming soon ...