NZ Punakaiki pancake rocks
NZ Punakaiki Porarari river track near Punakaiki

The unusual and aptly named Pancake Rocks at Punakaiki, in the Paparoa National Park, are a worthwhile stop en route between Westport and Greymouth/Hokitika. From the rocks, you can admire classic West Coast views of dense native forest, limestone cliffs, and endless uninhabited, undeveloped coastline.

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