Punakaiki Pancake Rocks and Blowholes

Punakaiki’s famed attractions are the 30 million year old limestone formations called Pancake Rocks. Located about 20 minutes by foot from the main highway at Punakaiki, these are actually layers of dead marine life combined with mud and clay and raised from the sea beds by geological movements under the seas. The vagaries of nature have done their bit to carve out unique and visible rock formations here. During high tide, enormous water spouts from the blowholes created and offers some spectacular sights.

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