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Punakaiki Pancake Rocks and Blowholes

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West Coast

The Pancake Rocks are most spectacular in the Putai area. They were formed 30 million years ago from minute fragments of dead marine creatures and plants landed on the seabed about 2 km below the surface. Immense water pressure caused the fragments to solidify in hard and soft layers. Gradually seismic action lifted the limestone above the seabed. Mildly acidic rain, wind and seawater sculpted the bizarre shapes.

The Rocks and Blowholes are just a 20 minute loop walk from where you park your vehicle on the main highway at Punakaiki. With a strong westerly swell, this creation of nature is a very impressive sight, especially at sunset!

24 hours

State Highway 6, Paparoa National Park, Punakaiki 7873, New Zealand

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