Pancake Rocks

The Pancake Rocks, Punakaiki, are a unique natural attraction on New Zealand’s South Island West Coast. Layers of water sculpted limestone, resembling stacks of pancakes, form a fantastic tableau - made even more dramatic by the shooting geysers of sea spray often evident at high tides.

These geysers come from the blowholes - water worn passages through which jets of seawater are forced in high seas. Quite awesome displays of rushing spray can be seen on many days of the year - because of the Tasman Seas' powerful wave action.

The coastal promontory of the Pancake Rocks is looped by an easy walking track - 15 minutes, or as long as you want to take to stare into the fascinating surge pool at the point (known as the Devils Cauldron), catch the blowholes in action, or enjoy the sweeping views down the Paparoa National Park coastline.

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Uploaded: May 10, 2005