Punakiki is located on the West Coast of the South Island. It is covered by lush coastal forests, limestone cliffs, canyons, caves, underground streams and a rugged stone beach. Paparoa National Park is a stunning place to visit and was established in 1987. The Westland Petrel/tiako colony at Punakaiki river is the only known place in the world where these seabirds breed.
Fun Fact: Paparoa is known as a place where the secretive spotted kiwi is often heard but rarely seen.
- Pancake rocks and blowholes
- Limestone caving
- Coal town