Pancake Rocks and Blowholes

Point Of Interest

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The Pancake Rocks at Dolomite Point near Punakaiki are a heavily eroded limestone area where the sea bursts through several vertical blowholes. 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. Explore a limestone landscape of pancake-shaped rock formations, blowholes and surge pools on a short, paved walk that's great for children. Distance 1.1km loop - 20 minutes. This is an all-weather walk around the curious limestone formations of pancake rocks and blowholes. With the exception of an optional short section with steps, the walk is suitable for wheelchairs (with assistance). Blowholes form from a mixture of compressed water and air escaping through the caverns below and being forced upwards, creating a huge wall of spray. They are at their best around high tide when there is a south-westerly swell. Spectacular views, geological oddities, coastal forest, rich birdlife and marine mammals are highlights along this walk. No dogs.

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Lat: -42.114953 Lng: 171.327005

User Reviews



It's wonderful. We had a beautiful day. Lovely spot.



Awesome spot, a must do even better if there is a big swell


viviand bastien

A mist do in the West coast. We just loved it ! Go during High tide will be better :)


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