1 hour's drive north of Greymouth on the West Coast of New Zealand's South
Island and n the edge of the Paparoa National Park is the a small community
of Punakaiki known for the world famous Pancake Rocks.
The Pancake Rocks are a very popular tourist goal at Dolomite Point
south of the main village.
The Pancake Rocks are a heavily eroded limestone area where the sea bursts
though a number of 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
State Highway 6, the only through road on the West Coast, passes through the
Punakaiki is served by regular daily
bus and coach services to and from
Nelson, Westport, Greymouth, Hokitika, Franz Josef and Fox Glacier.
There is no passenger train services from Punakaiki to Nelson, Westport,
Greymouth, Hokitika, Franz Josef or Fox Glacier.