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Punakaiki

Punakaiki is a small community on the West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand, between Westport and Greymouth. The community lies on the edge of the Paparoa National Park.The Pancake Rocks are a very popular tourist destination at Dolomite Point south of the main village. The Pancake Rocks are a heavily eroded limestone area where the sea bursts through several vertical blowholes during high tides. Together with the 'pancake'-layering of the limestone (created by immense pressure on alternating hard and soft layers of marine creatures and plant sediments), these form the main attraction of the area.The Pancake Rocks are presently explorable by a number of walkways winding through the rock formations, parts of these wheelchair-accessible and others carved into stairways up and down the rock faces. State Highway 6, the only through road on the West Coast, passes through the town.
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Where to stay in Punakaiki

Punakaiki acts as a base camp for explorations of the area's natural attractions, so it has a good selection of accommodations appropriate for outdoor adventurers. Eco-friendly hostels and campgrounds provide a pleasant spot to sleep and relax for travelers visiting on a tight budget, while larger eco-resorts and beachfront lodges offer more upscale options, with onsite restaurants, sea views, and pools. If you're looking for a wider selection of places to stay, check out Greymouth, a city just 45-minute's drive to the south.
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