Punakaiki Pancake Rocks
A stunning, well surfaced, coastal walkway. Point Elizabeth track is a perfect walk for families and children.
Located on Dolomite Point, the Pancake Rocks walkway is a loop track that winds from the main road, through the native rainforest and into flax and coastal vegetation as it nears the rugged coastline.
Dolomite Point and its Pancake Rocks are predominantly limestone, worn and sculptured by the weather and sea, leaving unique stacks resembling pancakes layered on top of each other.
The sealed track is very well maintained and is suitable, with some assistance, for wheelchairs. The Department of Conservation has installed information boards at locations of interest along the track.
At the coastline the track has many lookouts and areas for fantastic photos to be taken of the Pancake Rocks, blowholes and beautiful of the coast and mountains. The blowholes, the main attraction of the walkway, are active at high tide – check in at the Paparoa National Park Visitor Centre for times. When a heavy sea swell is running, saltwater is pushed at great force through holes in the limestone rock, exiting as a fine spray mist many meters above sea level. The blowholes at full blast are an amazing sight.
Things to Know
Distance - 20 - 40 minute loop walk from where you park your vehicle on the main highway at Punakaiki.
Difficulty - Very easy
Restrictions - No Dogs
Price - FREE
Important - Keep to the formed path and don't go beyond safety barriers.
These are located at Dolomite Point, near the little settlement of Punakaiki which is located on SH6, 40 minutes drive north of Greymouth and 50 minutes south of Westport.