Punakaiki is a small village on the west coast of New Zealand’s South Island. There’s no main street in Punakaiki and no grocery stores or places to shop.
But there’s one thing worth stopping for: the Pancake Rocks!
Most tourists (and tour buses) just make a pitstop to see the rocks before continuing their onward journeys. But I stayed in Punakaiki for two nights so I could get my fill of the rocks … plus eat at the cafe opposite the park that serves, what else? Pancakes!
There’s no admission fee to enter the park and, if you time your visit just right, you can see the high tide bursting through “blowholes” in the rocks.
I timed my visit just right. 😉
My motel was right next to the park, which made it easy to visit multiple times. But I didn’t technically have to leave the motel grounds to see pancake rocks. There were several short stacks (tee hee) right next to the property … along with a beautiful beach that made for a nice stroll at dusk.
Here are the rest of my photos from Punakaiki’s Pancake Rock Park: