Paparoa National Park, West Coast Excursions
Punakaiki's renowned pancake rocks and blowholes are just 20 minutes walking distance where you can leave your car on the major road in Punakaiki. Like huge cakes, the strange lime stone formation is particularly striking at high water in a western ocean. Pancake rocks are the most stunning in the Putai region.
Created 30 million years ago from tiny pieces of sea animals and plant life, they ended up on the ocean floor about 2 km below the earth's crust. Due to the high hydrostatic load, the fragment solidified into rigid and flexible shells. Slowly but surely, earthquakes raised the lime stone above the sea floor. They are situated at the Dolomite Point, near the small Punakaiki village on SH6, 40 min from Greymouth and 50 min from Westport.
Since the way back appears on the motorway all of a sudden, make sure that the kids do not walk forward.
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The Punakaiki is a small municipality on the west coast of New Zealand's southern island, between Westport and Greymouth. Situated on the outskirts of the Paparoa National Park. Pancake rocks are a very favourite excursion spot at the Dolomite point just south of the town. Pancake rocks are a strongly eroded calcareous area in which the ocean breaks through several vertically perforated holes at high tide.
Along with the "pancake" layer of lime stone (created by the enormous pressures on alternately hardy and smooth strata of sea inhabitants and vegetal sediments), they constitute the area' s major feature. Pancake cliffs can currently be explored through a series of paths that meander through the cliffs, parts of which are wheelchair-accessible and others sculpted into stairs up and down the cliffs.State Highway 6, the only thoroughfare on the west coast, runs through the city.