Punakaiki. Paparoa National Park.  Tourism West Coast

Paparoa National Park

Rich in minerals, wildlife and plants, Paparoa National Park is famous as the home of Punakaiki and its Pancake Rocks. Set atop a limestone landscape, the park is populated with numerous limestone formations, caves and sculptured mountain ridges - all carpeted with thick rainforest.


Located in the northern part of the South Island’s West Coast, the park sits between the two main centres of Greymouth and Westport, on State Highway 6.

Getting to Paparoa National Park

Paparoa National Park can be accessed via State Highway 6.

Regular buses run between the West Coast towns of Greymouth and Westport.

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Accommodation in Paparoa National Park

Many types of accommodation is available in PunakaikiGreymouth and Westport.

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Activities in Paparoa National Park
  • Hiking & Walking. A good option is the Inland Pack Track.
  • Caving
  • Kayaking

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 Paparoa & West Coast Climate

Like much of the West Coast, Paparoa National Park experiences high rainfall.
Wet weather gear should be carried all year round.

Wildlife in Paparoa National Park

Birdlife can be found in abundance – including tui, kiwi and bellbird.
The Westland black petrel is also found here – endemic to the area.

Plants in Paparoa National Park

Beautiful lush rainforest covers most of the park, with large nikau palms, tree ferns and vines making for stunning scenery.
Large rata and rimu trees also tower above the thick jungle.


Paparoa National Park Visitor Centre
Main Road

Ph: +64 3 731 1895

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