Punakaiki Pancake Rocks and Blowholes...

Punakaiki Pancake Rocks and Blowholes

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Richard Clapton

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Pretty amazing formations and really interesting information on theories along the short walk. Apparently best to go during high tide but not possible for us.

Also you can see seals further back down the coast at the seal colony which was really cool.

Reviewed about 1 year ago

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Mike Fricker

Ranking: 10/10

17Oct18. What is there to say that has not already been said. Came here in 2006 and 2014 and will do again.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

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Melinda Pyke

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

Not to be missed. Hardly anyone there, arrived on high tide. What an experience. Great facilities provided by DOC.

Reviewed about 2 years ago

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Katrina

New Zealand

Ranking: 7/10

The walk is easy, with good viewpoints over fantastic geology. We shared the experience with a crowd of people with differing ideas about personal space and acceptable behaviour. Go early morning to avoid the tourist hordes and both the walk and your photos will rate 9-10/10. It's still worth a brief stop even when it is crowded.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Hannibal Winther

Denmark

Ranking: 9/10

Easy walk. It did not disappoint at all! We even saw the blowholes!

Reviewed almost 3 years ago

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Shan

French Polynesia

Ranking: 9/10

Good amenities to see these wonders of nature. Easy to do with young children.

Reviewed almost 3 years ago

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Jan Christoph

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Very nice view and lots of spraying water!

Reviewed almost 3 years ago

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Romy de Boer

Switzerland

Ranking: 9/10

Interesting!

Reviewed almost 3 years ago

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Jocelyn Booy

Canada

Ranking: 10/10

Make sure you stop here. Although there were several tours and busses, do not let that stop you. Free/amazing rock formations, great walkway.

Reviewed about 3 years ago and experienced in January 2017

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Myriam Ackermann

Switzerland

Ranking: 9/10

Surprising view, impressive, a lot of people.

Reviewed about 3 years ago and experienced in January 2017

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Kevin Schlaarz

Austria

Ranking: 10/10

The way to the Pancake Rocks was very beautiful. There are lots of rocks to see and they are all different. It is a short walk, about 20 minutes with many lookouts.

Reviewed about 3 years ago and experienced in January 2017

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Cornelia Timm

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Very impressive, very beautiful.

Reviewed about 3 years ago and experienced in January 2017

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Marjolen Klomphaler

Netherlands

Ranking: 8/10

Very well maintained, good views of the rocks, nice and clear information about the creation of the rocks and the wildlife there.

Reviewed about 3 years ago and experienced in January 2017

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Leif Marienlund

Denmark

Ranking: 9/10

Beautiful scenery.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in January 2017

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Danielle

Netherlands

Ranking: 9/10

The Pancake Rocks are awesome!! I doubted sometimes that this could be made by nature. It is overwhelming.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in January 2017

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Emma Millett

New Zealand

Ranking: 8/10

Good track and views, busy carpark.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in January 2017

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Michelle Ryan

Ireland

Ranking: 7/10

Undoubtedly spectacular, but slightly marred by over interference in the natural landscape. Well worth a look for their weird beauty, but expect to share the experience with many others, and to look from a removed distance.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in February 2017

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Fredrik Lundberg

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Beautiful place, definitely worth a stop. Amazing what the sea can create!

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in February 2017

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Y Atkinson

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

At first we did not think much when entering the first part but after, wow, views, beautiful, every corner a different experience. Being low tide we missed out on the water bursts.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in February 2017

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Manu Liberta

France

Ranking: 10/10

Extraordinary pancake rocks and forest walk.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in December 2016

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Marc Sanivan

Spain

Ranking: 8/10

Nice and east walk along the road. Amazing West Coast.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in December 2016

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Filipe Santos

Portugal

Ranking: 7/10

Very helpful lady at the visitor centre. Nice place to visit but the weather did not help the experience.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in December 2016

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Diego Casanova

Chile

Ranking: 9/10

Beautiful, easy and short walk in a very well defined path to get to these very special rock formations with nice sunset view.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in October 2016

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Hazel Norman

England

Ranking: 10/10

Excellent information walk around the rocks. Well maintained tracks.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in October 2016

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Lea Celerier

France

Ranking: 10/10

My advice: arrive there before sunset! You can enjoy these wonderful sky colours! And the big holes blowing the sea water up to the sky!

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in October 2016

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Bobbie Jones

New Zealand

Ranking: 8/10

Classic rugged New Zealand coastline. Beautiful rock formations. Only a quick 20 minute loop track around but just breathtaking prehistoric scenery surrounding you.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in October 2016

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Xavier

Belgium

Ranking: 8/10

Nice rock sculptures.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in October 2016

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Ross D

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

It is free - thanks DOC!

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in October 2016

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Viki Kent

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Really easy to find. Toilets and parking close by. So interesting to see how the rocks have been eroded and how powerful the water is. We went at sunset so got some amazing pictures.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in October 2016

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victor diego

Spain

Ranking: 9/10

Good access and short walk. Magnificent sunset and blowhole. Amazing!

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in October 2016

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Kirsty Smith

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

This place is a tourist/tour bus mecca, but it does not even matter 'cause it is awesome. The rocks here are stunning (nature is awesome), but if your time your visit with high tide you are in for a treat. The blowhole is worth waiting for the big sets to come in, but my favourite was the surge pool.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in October 2016

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Pedro Cordeiru

France

Ranking: 9/10

Very entertaining and free short walk. Impressive scenery, better to go with big surf and more important, high tide.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in November 2016

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Timothy Delaney

New Zealand

Ranking: 9/10

Beautiful simple walk with excitement at every turn. Handicap friendly for most of the walk. Fun for all ages.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in May 2016

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Ramon Corbett

New Zealand

Ranking: 8/10

Very interesting rock formations, also really cool area to see the raw power of the sea crashing against the cliffs. Unfortunately, did not time it well to see the blowholes.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in November 2016

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Cyril

France

Ranking: 8/10

Unique place and shapes! Easy access and good information site to catch all New Zealand information. When a lot of swells and waves, blowholes work at full regime!!

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in November 2016

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Caroline Coudray

France

Ranking: 10/10

Great walk, very surprising and impressive. Beautiful landscape and vegetation.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in November 2016

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Sherrie Fox

United Kingdom

Ranking: 7/10

Rocks and blowholes are fascinating. The loop track is very pleasant although we did a there and back walk rather that 2km on the road.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in November 2016

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Luke

England

Ranking: 8/10

Amazed by the rock formations. Very busy and crowded track.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in November 2016

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Maarten

Netherlands

Ranking: 6/10

Short walk from the carpark. The rocks and blowhole are okay, but crowded.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in November 2016

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Pierre Landenne

Belgium

Ranking: 10/10

A lot of 10/10 but so worthy. Pancake Rocks is that kind of spot, where you think you will spend 5 or 10 minutes..... more like 1 hour, as the views are all superb!! Amazing place!!

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in November 2016

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Jannika Cao

Denmark

Ranking: 8/10

Amazing what nature can do. The chimney was kind of funny and the way the limestone were layered was unbelievable.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in November 2016

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Susanne

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

Stunning natural wonder, well maintained and a lot of information about it provided around the walk.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in November 2016

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Anthony Terry

New Zealand

Ranking: 9/10

What can I say but WOW! Truly fascinating display of nature.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in November 2016

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Matthus Groem

Netherlands

Ranking: 7/10

Good maintained, but quite small and gets crowded fast when busses arrive.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in November 2016

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Nicole Joersen

Netherlands

Ranking: 9/10

Very well constructed walk. Beautiful lookouts. Just a bit crowded but this place is not so bad to share with so many lookouts. Go at high tide for blowholes though!

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in November 2016

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Nico Neubauer

Germany

Ranking: 7/10

It does not look like pancakes! But it was a very comfortable walk along the coastline.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Lærke Hagelskjær

Denmark

Ranking: 10/10

Nice short walk and very beautiful. The rocks are fascinating, never seen anything like this! One of the highlights of our trip around New Zealand!

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Bob Treitman

United States

Ranking: 9/10

Fascinating geologic information. Tide was going out so blowhole action was limited. But enjoyed the walk and views.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Joanne Woo

Singapore

Ranking: 10/10

Went in the morning when there were not too many other visitors. Lovely place with awesome views of the rocks. Great signage along the way explaining the theories behind the rock formations. Blowholes were spectacular to watch too!

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in November 2016

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Yee How

Singapore

Ranking: 9/10

One of the most interesting highlights of our New Zealand trip and worthy of being an 8th wonder of the world.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in November 2016

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Olde Vogel

Netherlands

Ranking: 7/10

Nice pancakes, beautiful cave, outstanding!

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in November 2016

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Anouk Goemans

Netherlands

Ranking: 8/10

Not really a long walk, but really worth it because the 'pancake rocks' are truly special and beautiful. Especially good with high tide and sunny weather, because you can see little 'rainbows' in the splashing water/waves

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in November 2016

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Alicia Speisekorn-Gil

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Are a rock formation in the Paparoa National Park. They look like split pancakes and offer a great photo opportunity.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in November 2016

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Lieke vol Velde

Netherlands

Ranking: 7/10

A lot of rocks, I thought it was one rock. Great little walk, good view at the beach.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in November 2016

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Patrick

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Great!

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in November 2016

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Theresa Slaghekke

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Nice view with lots of information, shop, cafe. For free and a beautiful spot.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in November 2016

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Jorg Muller

Germany

Ranking: 6/10

Just a few rocks in the water, it is nice but just rocks and too many people.

Reviewed almost 4 years ago and experienced in April 2016

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Kirsten Helsgaun

Denmark

Ranking: 9/10

It is a quick stop but a beautiful one. The drive along the West Coast is especially beautiful.

Reviewed about 4 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Alvaro Rodriguez

Spain

Ranking: 8/10

20 minutes walk where you can see rocks that look like pancakes. It is strange and beautiful at the same time. Easy with a baby stroller.

Reviewed about 4 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Constantin Goldberg

Germany

Ranking: 5/10

Just a tourist stop. Have expected much more. But it is a nice view.

Reviewed about 4 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Jeff Barth

Canada

Ranking: 8/10

Very cool, worth the 5 minute walk. Went twice at low tide and high tide. Did not see much difference in the blowholes.

Reviewed about 4 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Rebecca Grant

United States

Ranking: 9/10

So cool, I have never seen rocks like this. They are layered very interestingly/mysteriously. The ocean views are beautiful. A great excursion.

Reviewed about 4 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Jean-Pierre Guillon

France

Ranking: 10/10

Impressive to see the effect of the ocean on the rocks and the beauty and maintenance of the site. Better at high tide.

Reviewed about 4 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Matthiew Rey

France

Ranking: 5/10

Very touristic attraction, nothing really amazing to see. Two minutes from the main road so you can go easily.

Reviewed about 4 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Jeremy Billy

France

Ranking: 9/10

Impressive display of mother natures work, easy access to get there. Make sure you get there early in the day for high tide. Only inconvenient as it is very, very touristic.

Reviewed about 4 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Wolfgang Ellenrieder

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Recommended during high tide when big waves are crashing against the cliffs. When water pushes through blowholes, you can see big fountains. Very funny, people were getting wet. Rocks are formed like piled pancakes.

Reviewed about 4 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Jael Disanto

Argentina

Ranking: 10/10

Easy walk, great track, well maintained and sealed. Awesome view!

Reviewed about 4 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Navina

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Well kept and many viewpoints!

Reviewed about 4 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Stefanie Giese

Germany

Ranking: 7/10

Nice walk. We would definitely recommend a quick stop here.

Reviewed about 4 years ago and experienced in January 2016

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Brandon Patton

United States

Ranking: 10/10

Awesome at hightide which made for great slow-mo footage.

Reviewed about 4 years ago and experienced in January 2016

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Wirth Pascal

Switzerland

Ranking: 4/10

The rocks are impressive. Way too many people. If you have to search for a carpark drive through to the Coast Road.

Reviewed about 4 years ago and experienced in January 2016

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Ian Hortop

Canada

Ranking: 10/10

Amazing!

Reviewed about 4 years ago and experienced in January 2016

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Audrey and Max

Belgium

Ranking: 9/10

Very nicely concealed pathway. Easy to walk on and good views.

Reviewed about 4 years ago and experienced in January 2016

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Paul and Astrid

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Easy 10 minute walk. Come at high tide if you can to see it at its most spectacular.

Reviewed about 4 years ago and experienced in February 2016

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Lothen

Ranking: 10/10

Weird and amazing.

Reviewed about 4 years ago and experienced in February 2016

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Kathi

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Short walk with a great view of the ocean and the interesting rock formations, due to the high tide the blowhole worked well!

Reviewed about 4 years ago and experienced in February 2016

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Steve Barnwell

Australia

Ranking: 8/10

A very well signposted and constructed walk around the cliff at Pancake Rocks made for a refreshing stop on our drive up the west coast. Very worthwhile.

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Gae Saevane

Thailand

Ranking: 7/10

We really enjoyed our little break at Pancake Rocks with the information boards and well laid out track.

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Stephan Ophelders

Netherlands

Ranking: 7/10

Great to see but very crowded, so go early.

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Rieke

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Stunning and just amazing! I can't really describe it, but the rocks will impress you.

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Clotilde Graziani

France

Ranking: 8/10

Fantastic!

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Falko

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

During high tide this place is a great experience. The blow holes are amazing and impressive. The wave-driven natural fountains can be so high that you should expect to get wet. At this time it was a bit crowded.

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in November 2015

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Karina Therkildsen

Denmark

Ranking: 10/10

Good walk!

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in February 2016

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Helena

Netherlands

Ranking: 6/10

The rocks are nice but it was very crowded. Also we missed high tide (it was at 8.30am in the beginning of March). This might have been a nice extra to the sight.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Pernilla Therkildsen

Denmark

Ranking: 10/10

Good little walk.

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in February 2016

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Sandra

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Gorgeous! Especially spectacular when there are high seas!

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Gesa

Germany

Ranking: 5/10

Kind of boring and waaaay too touristy. Been there during high tide, you will walk on a perfectly made walking track (which does not fit in with the landscape at all).

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Chris

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

Awesome location with amazing sound. You never hear that sound before. Close by is a restaurant - eat the pancakes.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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S Black

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

Very informative and interesting. We went twice as the first time was at low tide, so we went the next day at high tide. This is free and we loved it. The walk was easy enough for a 3 year old and she loved it, especially as we cooked up pancakes afterwards.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Felicity Fay

Australia

Ranking: 9/10

Seal colony, caves walk (lights required), DOC information centre, very informative, great coffee and service, fantastic views, easy walk.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Dylan Scott

Australia

Ranking: 7/10

Beautiful scenery, rock formation like no other I have ever seen before. (Good luck getting a carpark.)

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Ronja and Lena

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Very cool and beautiful.

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in December 2015

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Kelsey Austin

United States

Ranking: 7/10

Well worth the stop! Just a super neat natural wonder and very easily accessible along the West Coast.

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in December 2015

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Martin Bakker

Netherlands

Ranking: 9/10

Really special view and phenomenon,Beautifully managed by DOC.

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in December 2015

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Stephan

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Short walk but really nice.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Matthew Hallowell

Ranking: 9/10

Nice spot! Worth a stop for sure.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Judy Rafferty

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

Well serviced, well maintained and signed tracks.

Reviewed almost 5 years ago

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Finn and Melanie Lorbeer

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Short walks, crowded but still worth it at high tide.

Reviewed almost 5 years ago and experienced in February 2015

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Jennifer Lerchbacher

Switzerland

Ranking: 9/10

Made beautifully with its walkway and lookouts.

Reviewed almost 5 years ago and experienced in February 2015

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David McIntosh

Ranking: 7/10

Interesting and beautiful views.

Reviewed almost 5 years ago and experienced in January 2015

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Ahmed Mohsen Aly

Netherlands

Ranking: 7/10

Interesting rock formation. Very crowded even though it was October.

Reviewed almost 5 years ago

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Dianne van der Wal

Ranking: 8/10

Extreme wind and hail in April. Walk was a bit touristic but still worth it, beautiful rocks!!

Reviewed about 5 years ago

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Andy Jobst

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Brilliant spot, we could have stayed there for hours to watch them.

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in December 2014

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Ken

Canada

Ranking: 8/10

Fascinating rock formation, easily walking loop - 20 minute total. We did not see the water rising out of the blowhole though - wait for high tide and high swells.

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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Sofie Jebsen

Norway

Ranking: 10/10

What a spectacular sight! Nature is wild.

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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Svenja Trubenbach

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Too touristic, but definitely worth a visit, spectacular.

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Laure Cops

Belgium

Ranking: 8/10

Nice track, beautiful.

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Stefan Glock

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Visit is worth the effort, particularly splattering water.

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Jurgen Moors

Ranking: 5/10

Way too many people, very touristic.

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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Manuela Opprecht

Ranking: 10/10

Nice walk to see the pancakes. Must do! when you are at the West Coast.

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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Nikolas Gut

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Was great at high tide, we also saw dolphins.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in April 2014

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Jonas Hessel

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

One of the most beautiful areas in New Zealand. Nice views and lots of walks.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Helene Andersen

Denmark

Ranking: 10/10

A good walk to see the pancakes! It is amazing what nature can do. And even better that it did not cost anything.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Charlotte Casey

Ireland

Ranking: 6/10

Nice views.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Anna Grafenstein

Germany

Ranking: 7/10

OK, not so great, many people.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in April 2014

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Andrea Sole

Spain

Ranking: 6/10

It is not difficult to arrive so it does not have to take too much time to have a good view of the 'pancakes'. Easy and on the way (next to the road).

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Manuel Bleiker

Switzerland

Ranking: 10/10

Very impressive.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Robert Erni

Switzerland

Ranking: 10/10

Definitely worth a stop! Very impressive rock formations.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Patricia Erni

Switzerland

Ranking: 10/10

Very nice view over the rocks and coast for free.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Marie Toulemonde

France

Ranking: 9/10

Beautiful landscape! Easy track!

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Mark

Netherlands

Ranking: 9/10

Unexpected nice spot to visit. Paths well organised.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Vanessa

Germany

Ranking: 7/10

Awesome view especially when it is windy (waves), a bit touristic with all the shops.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Tomas Shairi

Ireland

Ranking: 8/10

Beautiful and lovely, great i-Site too.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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techno69

New Zealand

Ranking: 9/10

Great place to visit and free! Note, wheelchair access only partway around due to steps cut into the rock.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago

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Oliver Blackmore

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Easy 30 minute round trip, get there on high tide for amazing blowholes. Get the camera ready!!

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Moley

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Amazing place! Stunning rock formations and the blowholes were super cool. Definitely recommend stopping here for the short walk!

Reviewed about 6 years ago

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Viola

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

Awesome place, never seen such interesting rocks before, could spend half a day there.

Reviewed about 6 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Bjoern

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Must see at high tide.

Reviewed about 6 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Andrea Hiemer

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Very nice!

Reviewed about 6 years ago and experienced in January 2014

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Marius Hoffmann

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Amazing because weather was stormy.

Reviewed about 6 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Marion Busch

Estonia

Ranking: 9/10

Very easy walk to such an interesting experience.

Reviewed about 6 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Manuela Michelbach

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

Amazing rocks.

Reviewed about 6 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Glyn and Karen Farlow

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

Well laid out and organised, great experience.

Reviewed about 6 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Xavier

France

Ranking: 9/10

Probably one of the most impressive natural phenomena in the South Island. Feel the power of Neptune but make sure you come at high tide.

Reviewed about 6 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Ene Pold

Estonia

Ranking: 10/10

Lovely walk, well signposted. There is information panels along the way.

Reviewed about 6 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Colin Billington

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

Great facilities, well presented and maintained.

Reviewed about 6 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Libby

Australia

Ranking: 9/10

Beautiful coastline.

Reviewed about 6 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Sybille Willenbrock

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Walk to the cliffs with different spectacular view of the pancake rocks and watching white water, sun and shells can be fun.

Reviewed about 6 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Luca Maria Willensrock

Germany

Ranking: 7/10

Well made track, nice views, short!

Reviewed about 6 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Alex Sheldon

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

Very interesting rock formations.

Reviewed about 6 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Charlotte

France

Ranking: 8/10

Beautiful nature, nice i-Site.

Reviewed about 6 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Richard

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

An enjoyable stop on a drive up the west coast.
Good walk, good view, good info boards.
Highly recommended.

Reviewed about 6 years ago

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Julien Joubert-Gaillard

France

Ranking: 8/10

Very impressive and beautiful to follow the little track.

Reviewed about 6 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Claudia Hillebrand

Netherlands

Ranking: 10/10

Beautiful views and walk. The walkway has been beautifully integrated with explanations along the way, making this one of our favourite stops!

Reviewed about 6 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Julian Kuemme

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Tourist place but a very unique natural experience. Be sure to be there when the tide is coming in - otherwise you miss the blowholes!

Reviewed about 6 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Jacques Revel

France

Ranking: 9/10

Very beautiful views of Pancakes and of the coast.

Reviewed about 6 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Cameron Tarbotton

Canada

Ranking: 6/10

Interesting rock formations, a little too developed for my tastes. Hard to enjoy with the crowds.

Reviewed about 6 years ago and experienced in January 2014

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Lisbeth Sorum

Norway

Ranking: 7/10

Imperssive rock formations and cliffsides but because of the obvious set up for tourist access, I cannot make myself enjoy those kind of sceneries as much as 'untouched' nature.

Reviewed about 6 years ago and experienced in January 2014

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Helen Dean

United States

Ranking: 8/10

Views and settings are well worth the stop.

Reviewed about 6 years ago and experienced in March 2013

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Marla Fogh

Denmark

Ranking: 7/10

Though it rained, it was a great short track, where the rocks were a thing worth seeing.

Reviewed about 6 years ago and experienced in March 2013

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Trine Ellegaard

Denmark

Ranking: 7/10

Beautiful rocks.

Reviewed about 6 years ago and experienced in March 2013

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Mirjam Betschart

Switzerland

Ranking: 10/10

Go there at high tide.

Reviewed about 6 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Hubertus Thost

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Very nice place, good view over the rocks, good sound of the water.

Reviewed about 6 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Julie Robinson

United States

Ranking: 4/10

Cool, but could have skipped it.

Reviewed about 6 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Sarah Christman

United States

Ranking: 9/10

Really unique rock formations scattered in the sea. Easy walk to view them.

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Austin Johns

United States

Ranking: 9/10

Really awesome sight and local art gallery, the rocks are gorgeous and so amazing to see.

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Lena Wacker

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

20 minutes return, good way to these special rocks, many explanations, blowholes just watchable when high tide is and a wild sea.

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Marine

France

Ranking: 10/10

Unbelievable place, free to visit.

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in January 2014

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Maya Bakker-deDreu

Netherlands

Ranking: 9/10

Parking and toilets!!

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in January 2014

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Bex Hyland

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

A must stop, fantastic rock formations, lots to see. If you get there at high tidy or windy conditions then you see the sea coming up the blow holes - brilliant!!

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Ann-Kathrin Wacker

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

The weather was really rainy and stormy. And even at high tide we could not see the blow holes.

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Laura Metz

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Awesome.

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Alexander Zimmer

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Great views and geology.

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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Michele

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Totally worth seeing, v easy walking - even most of it can be done by a wheel chair. Spectacular scenery, this is a must do!

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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Stuart Wilson

England

Ranking: 10/10

We have been four times because we love it so much. Facilities and information perfect.

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in January 2014

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Angela Neville

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Wonderfully formed walkway, accessible for all.

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in January 2014

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Stina Hultberg

Sweden

Ranking: 10/10

Really cool. One day it will be eaten by sun, rain and ocean so go there!

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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Elizabeth

Netherlands

Ranking: 7/10

Just fine.

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in December 2013

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Emeline Dupre

France

Ranking: 10/10

So beautiful.

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in December 2013

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Uta Dingebauer

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

The weather was really bad on the day, but they were really nice.

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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Ina Daubenbuechel

Ranking: 10/10

Bad weather, rocks are really impressive.

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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Richard van den Bosch

Germany

Ranking: 6/10

Very nice.

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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Kim Maertens

Belgium

Ranking: 9/10

Beautiful small walk to see the "Pancake Rocks" and the blowholes.

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in December 2013

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Pioter Jurkowski

Poland

Ranking: 10/10

Short walk to incredible rock formation. Worth a stop!

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in January 2014

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Jesse Farrell

Ireland

Ranking: 8/10

Interesting rock formations. Cool to see the power of the ocean swells up close.

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in December 2013

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Ariadna & Omer

Spain

Ranking: 6/10

It's a very touristic place, not worth the importance given to it... Anyway, it's just a 20 minutes walk so if you are on the way why not to stop!

Reviewed almost 7 years ago

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Steve Warren

Australia

Ranking: 9/10

A weird place. So this is where Bilbo Bagins,Frodo and his mates go on holidays. Absolutely amazing place, and free.

Reviewed almost 7 years ago

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Azteca

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Pancake Rocks is an incredible stop, amazing rock formations and dramatic coastlines with powerful tidal surges. It is well laid out for visitors and an easy yet breathtaking walk. High tide offers best viewing.

Reviewed about 7 years ago

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hendrik king

Netherlands

Ranking: 9/10

Another great free place to visit, well done!!!

Reviewed about 7 years ago

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Christian Schumacher

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Very interesting rock formations, informative displays and for free!!

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in March 2013

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Elizabeth Stenhouse

United Kingdom

Ranking: 6/10

Very busy and had to jostle for a view. Blow hole would have been best at high tide. Pancake Rocks ok.

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in April 2013

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Lorna and Seb

England

Ranking: 10/10

A must to go and see some unusual rock formation and fantastic views over them in sunshine and stormy weather.

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in February 2013

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Anja S

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

20 min walk to see the pancake rocks and the blowholes - really worth it!

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in March 2013

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Stientje van den Heuvel

Belgium

Ranking: 8/10

Nice walking platform and viewpoints, good information.

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in March 2013

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Pete Wilson

England

Ranking: 9/10

Amazing and free.

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in March 2013

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Jiri van Straelper

Netherlands

Ranking: 9/10

Nice, very big, organised.

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in March 2013

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Roger Hawkins

Australia

Ranking: 9/10

Well formed paths and interesting layout. Spectacular views of wave action onto weathered dolomite tunnels and blowholes.

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in March 2013

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Fernando Martin

Spain

Ranking: 8/10

Many people would simply drive by, but it is worth a visit. Very nice place even during low tides when it is less spectacular.

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in February 2013

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Stefan AuRich

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

Nice track beside the sea, well kept, maybe a bit too many tourists.

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in February 2013

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Marcel

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Really cool stone formations and nice surroundings.

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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Wendy Hawkins

Australia

Ranking: 8/10

Well maintained track. Twenty minute walk past the Pancake Rocks and Blowholes, Suggest to go there at high tide so get full impact of blowholes.

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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Luise Fuchs

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Absolutely amazing, nice walkway for free.

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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Lea Scheuvens

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Great view and spectacular water show by nature. Huge waves crashing the rocks and lovely landscape. Easy walk and clean facilities.

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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Loesje

Belgium

Ranking: 8/10

Beautiful and impressive! Nice, short walk, great views!

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in September 2012

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Willem de Jong

Netherlands

Ranking: 10/10

Nice rocks to see without paying for it.

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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Wendy Ward

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Excellent (big improvement from last visit in 1975).

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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Sebastian and Peter Beate

Austria

Ranking: 10/10

For free and just beautiful.

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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John and Chris Creese

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

Wonderful views.

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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Enna Keet

Netherlands

Ranking: 8/10

Amazing that it is free to visit this spot. Nice walk and beautiful coastline (because a lot of these kinds of things are commercialised here).

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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Hanneke P

Netherlands

Ranking: 9/10

beautiful!

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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Dio

Netherlands

Ranking: 8/10

Very nice track.

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in November 2012

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Jan

Netherlands

Ranking: 9/10

Very nice stones.

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in December 2012

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Liam Day

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Beautifully scenic. Excellent man made walkway. Very easy walk.

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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M Booty

England

Ranking: 10/10

Nicely designed walkway along the cliff top parth - informative signs.

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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Frans Derks

Netherlands

Ranking: 8/10

As yet free and nice park.

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in December 2012

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Lydia Holleman

Netherlands

Ranking: 8/10

Surprised it was donation based.

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in December 2012

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Abby Rushmer

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

Well set out and nice walkway with a good amount of information.

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in December 2012

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John

Denmark

Ranking: 10/10

Fantastic. Everyone has to see the Pancake Rocks. You must see it!

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in December 2012

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Annie

England

Ranking: 10/10

Fantastic - a must do for any age, ability etc. Great access. Fabulous views.

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in December 2012

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Oliver Kalmbach

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Many seals swimming in the Tasman Sea.

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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Innes Martin

United Kingdom

Ranking: 6/10

Nice loop walk, good information signs and tasy icecream. Too busy!!

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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Alex Laidlaw

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Well constructed facility.

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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Steve and Therese Dunne

New Zealand

Ranking: 8/10

Well marked out with clean information.

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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ORfam

United States

Ranking: 8/10

Yes, it can be busy but no more so than lots of places. Interesting rock formations and blow holes. Take your time and enjoy the waves crashing and scenery.

Reviewed almost 8 years ago

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Tinne Cis

Belgium

Ranking: 6/10

Rocks and blowholes okay. But lots of people, everyone on the same path, taking the same pictures of the same place.

Reviewed about 8 years ago and experienced in March 2012

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Daniel Patricia

Switzerland

Ranking: 9/10

Free access to the walkway and the viewing platforms.

Reviewed about 8 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Sally Gordie

Canada

Ranking: 10/10

Pancake Rocks are very well presented and maintained.

Reviewed about 8 years ago and experienced in March 2012

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J Jmal

United States

Ranking: 10/10

Beautiful park/walkway along the coastline. Fantastic views of Pancake Rocks.

Reviewed about 8 years ago and experienced in March 2012

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Stephanie Spurr

New Zealand

Ranking: 8/10

Awesome.

Reviewed about 8 years ago and experienced in March 2012

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M Robinson

Canada

Ranking: 10/10

Interesting and informative walk around the Pancake Rocks, if timed with high tide excellent blowholes display.

Reviewed about 8 years ago and experienced in March 2012

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Evelyn Mackie

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Awesome!!

Reviewed about 8 years ago and experienced in March 2012

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Green UK

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Beautifully done walkway.

Reviewed about 8 years ago and experienced in March 2012

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Stuart Arrol

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

A most fascinating natural feature that has been well presented by DOC.

Reviewed about 8 years ago and experienced in April 2012

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Roy Barton

England

Ranking: 9/10

Fascinating geological formations, well laid out, easy access. Good in all weather, at its best high tide/rough weather,

Reviewed about 8 years ago and experienced in March 2012

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Matthias Angela

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Great view, very interesting short walk.

Reviewed about 8 years ago and experienced in March 2012

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Travelgirl1274

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Truly a stunning place. Just 35 minutes up the Great Coast Road from Greymouth. It is worth doing the Truman track as well

Reviewed about 8 years ago

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Stam

Netherlands

Ranking: 8/10

The Catlins. Beautiful waterfalls!!!

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Lucy Duffy

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Another impressive experience.

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Fritschi

Switzerland

Ranking: 10/10

Impressive waves and very good walking way.

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Howell Davies

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

A lovely little walk from the road to the sea (20min round trip advertised but could be 10 minutes longer). Rating is based on value!

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Beat Kindler

Switzerland

Ranking: 9/10

Well prepared track with several lookout points.

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Sabine & Stefan

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Absolutely go there.

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Simon Fry

England

Ranking: 7/10

Nice route with good views. Could have done with more information explaining the best time to see the blow hole was.

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Tadej Ferjan

Slovenia

Ranking: 9/10

Short walk among the cliffs.

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Steve Goodyear

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

Good parking for campervans and easy access, with well maintained walkways and gardens. Lovely views. Well signed. But visitor centre toilets need cleaning.

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Paul & Michelle Harmer

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Good walk - able to do with a child in a pushchair. Good views and information points. Pull off the road regularly to get good photos of the coastline.

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Rocco Christian

Switzerland

Ranking: 8/10

Nice track to see those fantastic rocks. Free of charge and on your own.

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Marco Scheiber

Switzerland

Ranking: 9/10

Nice track and amazing view!

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Ranking: 10/10

Really enjoyed the walk and views, shame it rained.

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Carel

Netherlands

Ranking: 9/10

Very beautiful and well situated.

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Louis Smit

Netherlands

Ranking: 8/10

Well organised, good track, beautiful nature.

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Ian Bailey

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Great, well laid out - loved it.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Jessica Lane

England

Ranking: 3/10

Bit hyped up to get tourists to the area. Worth a stop off if you are driving through but not worth stopping at a backpackers/hotel. Bit disappointing.

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Rick Moth

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

The walk to the rocks has been well laidout and is very attractive, the rocks themselves are awesome and the views spectacular.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Michael & Janet

England

Ranking: 9/10

Excellent with good swell at high tide plus stunning sunset. Timing of visit is essential.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Josef

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Well described loop.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Cindy & Glen Kerunsky

Canada

Ranking: 10/10

This is a donation site - which could make it free if you choose. The natural wonder of these formations is beautifully preserved and made easily accessible by the beautiful walkways that lead you past all of the rocks.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Gillian Rowe

Canada

Ranking: 10/10

Well laid out, safe and informative.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Fries

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Scenic area, good access.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Dieter Mangold

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

Very nice walkway with platforms to view the blowholes and the rock formations. Very crowded.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Barrie Corless

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

Although we did not get the full effect of a high tide, this was a stunning example of the wonders of nature and the work of the sea.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Tom Connis

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Highlight of SH6 road trip - NZs equivalent to the California Coast Highway. Stunning scenery in that area.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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pauls1892

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

You must stop off here on a south island trip, it is an awesome place just 35 minutes drive from greymouth. WE also diod the Truman track walk, wait till low tide then you can walk up the coast a bit at the end of the track where there are some caves. But dont get caught by the tide on your way back!

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Moniek Roelots

Netherlands

Ranking: 9/10

Awesome! The way the wind and the waves crash into the blowholes.

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in November 2011

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Steve & Maggie

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Stunning geological scenery made easily viewable by accessible walkway.

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in November 2011

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Dirk Faupel

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Nice, easy walk, great nature.

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in November 2011

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Dirk Faupel

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Nice, easy walk, great nature.

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in November 2011

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Gerard Crothers

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

Great experience. Just great to have a nice experience for FREE.

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in November 2011

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Ross Cooke

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

Best blow holes ever seen. Thought Quaba holes in Australia good - but this beats all.

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in November 2011

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Christoph

United Arab Emirates

Ranking: 10/10

Very good.

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in November 2011

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Sebastian

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Very impressive, especially at high tide, easy access (even for disabled people).

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in November 2011

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Ray Coombe

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

Beautifully landscaped and well constructed walkways around this natural phenomena with informative/educational notes on geology, flora and fauna - good parking and ALL FREE!!

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in November 2011

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Josh

Canada

Ranking: 9/10

Easy access.

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in November 2011

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Dean

Australia

Ranking: 8/10

1 hour walk around some amazing rock formations.

Reviewed almost 9 years ago

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Stephen Hunt

England

Ranking: 4/10

Didn't live up to hype - even if the blowholes had actually blown! Rugged coastline but nothing amazing - stop if you are going past for a quick look but don't stay or go out of your way. Get the impression that the tide is rarely high enough for the blowholes to blow!

Reviewed almost 9 years ago and experienced in April 2011

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G Tulloch

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Great natural site.

Reviewed almost 9 years ago and experienced in April 2011

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John & Lorraine

Australia

Ranking: 8/10

One of the best blowholes ever seen.

Reviewed almost 9 years ago and experienced in March 2011

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Prideaux

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

Pancake Rocks and Blowholes are a must see.

Reviewed almost 9 years ago and experienced in March 2011

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AJ van Pelt

Netherlands

Ranking: 10/10

Impressive.

Reviewed almost 9 years ago and experienced in March 2011

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Rissa W

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

It would be a crime to drive past these rock formations, regardless of the weather. We were there when the weather was good, and the light at sunset really sets them off. In rough weather, visitors get treated to the spectacular blow holes. The park itself is well-maintained & landscaped. Entry is free, but we made a donation to the upkeep of the park.

Reviewed about 9 years ago and experienced in February 2011

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Powerfamily

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Stunning, just wished we had been there at high tide.

Reviewed about 9 years ago

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raceytracey

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

You've got to stop and have a look at these. The weather was rough but the sea geysers were really going off which made it worth it. There's another walk nearby called Trumans Track that is also worth doing, about 40 minutes but quite easy

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Tricia Goggin

Ireland

Ranking: 9/10

Absolutley spectacular. Out of this world. Geology amazing.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Thomas Reidinger

Austria

Ranking: 9/10

Beautiful park walkway with impresive stones.

Reviewed over 9 years ago and experienced in February 2011

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Stefan Schmitz

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

If you travel down the SH6 don't miss it. Nice views, good photos (despite the rain we had) and it is for free.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Iko

Netherlands

Ranking: 9/10

Beautiful road that follows the rough and dramatic coastline! Pancake Rocks a gift of Mother Nature.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Mr & Mrs Palmer

New Zealand

Ranking: 9/10

Amazing natural wonder, definitely worth a stop with a visit to the beach.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Zuur

Netherlands

Ranking: 9/10

Go when the tide is in. We had all the luck of the world. The blowholes were fantastic - a nice little walk.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Gerstmann

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Impressive experience (the beauty of nature).

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Chris & Anne Pearson

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

On the tourist track so don't expect to be alone! Go at high tide, free to visit and well worth it.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Oppenoorth

Netherlands

Ranking: 9/10

Nice track, well kept, good overlook.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Steve & Pearl Baker

United States

Ranking: 10/10

Beautiful. Very well-maintained walk and great picture taking area.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Jim & Rebecca

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Nature at its most dramatic - amazing. Does need a stormy sea though (which we had).

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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K Dahmer

Canada

Ranking: 10/10

Beautiful, well laid out. A bit touristy but that is expected.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Elise van Haastert

Netherlands

Ranking: 8/10

Very nice walk, but the weather was very bad (it rained cats and dogs).

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Martin

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Great view of rocks which were formed by nature and it is for free.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Stephen Shearer

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Never seen anything like it before and the paths were laid out very well.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Doris Neuber

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Amazing views.

Reviewed over 9 years ago and experienced in February 2011

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katjarege

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Best to view at high tide.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Kai Eppink

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

Very impressive encounter with nature, very well maintained.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Christian Foerster

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Very imposing when the wind is blowing hard! Blowholes and interesting rock formations.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Chris Darlington

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Excellent walkways and signs. Well presented.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Rachel Gerrand

England

Ranking: 7/10

Worth a look whether or not you are there at the right time to see the blow holes.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Manu & Gabi

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

A must do! Beautiful landscape.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Kasten

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Impressed. We could walk above the cliffs (rocks).

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Ini & Cees

Netherlands

Ranking: 8/10

Nice walk in the evening from our campground to the Pancakes and Blowholes and beautiful views in sunset with a western swell.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Zenager

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Go there when the weather is really bad!!

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Robert Haidt

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

Really uniuque these rocks. It was a pity that the weather was bad and there were so many sandflies on the West Coast.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Barbara

Switzerland

Ranking: 10/10

Spectacular.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Kay and Colin Yendole

England

Ranking: 10/10

Excellent well made walkway allowing safe viewing of the rocks and coast.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Grada Anderson

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Exciting and interesting.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Julia

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Great view to Pancake Rocks.
Glow worm caves fun! Don't forget your torches (1pp). Please put some more glowworms in the caves.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Marieke and Bert-Jan

Netherlands

Ranking: 9/10

Nice walk along the rocks, lot of lookout points.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Bahner

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Good descritptions about history, perfect roads, good i-site.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Jennie McIver

England

Ranking: 6/10

Pleasant walk but mother nature dictated the high tides outside of our visit so we could not experience the blowholes.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Nick Secker

England

Ranking: 8/10

I really enjoyed the sound, the water crashing through the rocks. Again good walking paths.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Mike and Alice Powner

England

Ranking: 9/10

Great geological formations, superb views of the rocks and coastline.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Glenn

Denmark

Ranking: 10/10

A must see - best at high tide and high waves/swell. Intriguing and amazing.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Wijnhoven

Netherlands

Ranking: 10/10

Must see if you're travelling in the west coast southern island.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Andy Martin

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

NZ has some amazing landscapes and strange and wonderful rock formations - but these are something special - try to be there close to high tide.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Jane Hancock

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

Dramatic! Even though it was two hours past the best time to view.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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David Heads

England

Ranking: 8/10

Good signage, good parking. Good general information.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Ross Hughes

Canada

Ranking: 8/10

Well maintained walk. Has improved immensely in 30 odd years since there last.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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bryfrance

France

Ranking: 10/10

Amazing. Best seen at high tide. A well laid out track with info on geology and great photo opportunities.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Robert Cox

England

Ranking: 10/10

A wonderful experience, we stayed until high tide (4 hours).

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Gordon Daniels

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

Easy access and well presented. Well worth a visit.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Juerg & Denise Zuesli

Switzerland

Ranking: 10/10

Short but impressive track. Recommended at high tide.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Bruce & Bonnie Childs

Canada

Ranking: 8/10

Amazing rock formations, limestone lifted from the seabed.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Dan Aldridge

Australia

Ranking: 8/10

Such a different place, quite beautiful.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Webster

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Absolutely stunning. Good car parking - plentiful. Well maintained paths, safety barriers, and viewing points. No charges for anything, donations appreciated but no pressure.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Emma Wilkinson

England

Ranking: 9/10

Interesting, good to see, very pretty.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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dollimyxture

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Really easy walk some great views

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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saraswitzer

Switzerland

Ranking: 10/10

Great short walk to a spectacular setting.

Reviewed almost 10 years ago and experienced in April 2010

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Don & Geraldine

Australia

Ranking: 9/10

General sightseeing, natural wonders.

Reviewed almost 10 years ago and experienced in March 2010

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Keita-Karen Buchanan

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Thought these were fantastic, the short walkway was really well done. The whole of the West Coast from Haast to Westport is fantastic.

Reviewed almost 10 years ago and experienced in March 2010

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antrobdozer

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

Very easy walk, well signposted and well worth the short walk to see these spectacular rocks...

Reviewed about 10 years ago

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BelindaT

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

Easily accessible, well sign posted and mantained track with stunning views for such a short walk. Good sign posts with excellent information about the geology of the area.

Reviewed about 10 years ago and experienced in April 2010

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steph_m

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

Nice easy walk with some amazing views. And free!

Reviewed over 10 years ago and experienced in May 2009

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nuwee

Thailand

Ranking: 9/10

Nice! Hope to be when the tide is hide, though. The track is well-paved and enjoyable for the group.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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Jvjm Family

Netherlands

Ranking: 9/10

Fine path to walk on and to watch all the magnificent views.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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Bartlett nz

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

great for kids

Reviewed over 10 years ago and experienced in January 2010

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E.M. Prideaux

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

The walk through the natural trees & vegetation was as enjoyable as looking down at the natural rock formations.

Reviewed over 10 years ago and experienced in January 2010

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Chung Family

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Fantastic track + well signed.

Reviewed over 10 years ago and experienced in January 2010

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Annemiek and Rianne

Netherlands

Ranking: 10/10

Good for travellers that these hot spots are free.

Reviewed over 10 years ago and experienced in January 2010

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John J

Cyprus

Ranking: 9/10

Caught on a day when sea at high tide + rough. Quite as experience. Would recommend it.

Reviewed over 10 years ago and experienced in January 2010

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Margie Sammons

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Great easy access walk with great views.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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Kevin F

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Excellent walkway around some spectacular ''blow-holes'' with coastal rocks, cliffs etc.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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Russ Turner

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

Well laid out paths leading to good viewpoints. Extremely impressive natural feature when a good south westerly wind is blowing.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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P.C Kool

Netherlands

Ranking: 9/10

impressive, good steps + path and viewing points.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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Brigitta Reil

Switzerland

Ranking: 9/10

Lovely

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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Corine van Been

Netherlands

Ranking: 7/10

Nice and funny for a half hour stop.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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Tom Bos

Netherlands

Ranking: 8/10

Interesting, with good information along the walk way.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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Main

Guernsey

Ranking: 10/10

Nice walk around park & well worth a visit.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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Ian Watson

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Easy circular walk.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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Kevin and Teresa

Ireland

Ranking: 8/10

The circular walkway is well presented with good underfoot conditions. It successfully brings the tourits close to the scenery without damaging it in any way. A number of excellent positions for photos.

Reviewed over 10 years ago and experienced in February 2010

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DC Melbourne

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Another one of nature's marvels.

Reviewed over 10 years ago and experienced in March 2009

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Martina Bumiller

Germany

Ranking: 7/10

Very touristic. No natural walkways.

Reviewed over 10 years ago and experienced in March 2009

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Barry Treve

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Excellent walkway and signage.

Reviewed over 10 years ago and experienced in March 2009

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Douglas Beresford

England

Ranking: 9/10

Exhilarating views on coast road leading to Punakaiki and interesting water movement around fascinating rock formations.

Reviewed over 10 years ago and experienced in November 2009

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Bronwyn

New Zealand

Ranking: 9/10

Wicked as. Free, well maintained, great information boards. Even on a rainy day it's awesome.

Reviewed over 10 years ago and experienced in February 2009

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TillE412

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Windy weather, stormy seas, so spectacular waves!

Reviewed over 10 years ago and experienced in April 2009

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SSheil

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Quite excellent.

Reviewed over 10 years ago and experienced in April 2009

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Amy_B

United States

Ranking: 3/10

The pancake rocks themselves are very boring, and not very pretty, while the blowholes only exist for short periods of time. Overall, it was a disappointment, plus the town was incredibly small.

Reviewed over 10 years ago and experienced in April 2009

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MiepS

Netherlands

Ranking: 8/10

Nice to see the blow-holes. Good facilities (bridge, path, viewpoints). Beach Okuru - beautiful mysterious beach walk.

Reviewed over 10 years ago and experienced in April 2009

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Rissmann

Gibraltar

Ranking: 10/10

Well and lovingly prepared track!

Reviewed over 10 years ago and experienced in March 2009

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Johannes & Jopke Fokkema

Netherlands

Ranking: 8/10

Amazing experience.

Reviewed over 10 years ago and experienced in March 2009

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Barry Smith

England

Ranking: 7/10

Interesting, short walk

Reviewed over 10 years ago and experienced in March 2009

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Benzedi

France

Ranking: 10/10

Very well done!!

Reviewed over 10 years ago and experienced in March 2009

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JanW

Germany

Ranking: 7/10

Nice rock formations, but where are the blowholes?

Reviewed over 10 years ago and experienced in March 2009

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JanetM

Canada

Ranking: 10/10

It was pouring with rain when we were there so could not see them as well as we would have liked. The path was beautifully maintained. However it appeared that people stopped in town for the rocks + leave town.

Reviewed over 10 years ago and experienced in March 2009

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Francesca Sabat

Spain

Ranking: 10/10

Seeing these at high tide on a windy day was a spectacle not to be missed. Every single person there was smiling. No hype.

Reviewed over 10 years ago and experienced in March 2009

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Robertson

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

A well worth stop along SH6. Great paths and viewing points

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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Ronny

Netherlands

Ranking: 9/10

Nicely maintained, accessible

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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Claudia

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Great experience to watch the giant waves within the rocks. Go there at high tide.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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Marsden

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Free! Best to go at high tide.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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Sheila Morgan

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Really fascinating - but get there for high tide.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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Melanie Bielefeld

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Beatuiful walkway.

Reviewed over 10 years ago and experienced in November 2009

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Peattie

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Blowholes and pancake rocks. Nice walk; well maintained area and great views.

Reviewed over 10 years ago and experienced in November 2009

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Anna

United States

Ranking: 8/10

Amazing natural sites - go at high tide to really appreciate the blowholes.

Reviewed over 10 years ago and experienced in November 2009

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Jeremy & Sarah Rind

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Amazing rocks & blow holes, even saw dolphins riding the surf. Whole of west coast v. scenic.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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Terry Phillips

England

Ranking: 8/10

Well worth visit, amazing structures, probably best at high water, we went low water but still good.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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Ake Erlandsson

Sweden

Ranking: 10/10

Absolutli remarkable

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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Nadine Schaee

Switzerland

Ranking: 10/10

fantastic, very impressive, easy walk

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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David Valentine

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Site excellently planned and executed with good interpretation.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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S Luis Van Oler

Netherlands

Ranking: 9/10

Wonderful walks and wonderful sites.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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Sally Hall

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

Very good to see, a really natural site with a wow factor.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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Terry J

Switzerland

Ranking: 7/10

Good pathway

Reviewed over 10 years ago and experienced in November 2009

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Chris Bulman

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Well laid out with good information - a pleasure to see.

Reviewed over 10 years ago and experienced in November 2009

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Kathrin Thomas

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Spectacular and beautifully (safely) set out paths, giving literally bird's eye views of cliffs & ocean.

Reviewed over 10 years ago and experienced in November 2009

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Shane and Kate Wilkinson

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Sitting under the stars at Punakaiki beach on a clear night. It is wonderous.

Reviewed over 10 years ago and experienced in November 2009

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Alan Riley

England

Ranking: 10/10

Great free experience.

Reviewed over 10 years ago and experienced in November 2009

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Artur D

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Walking throuhg a very beautiful rainforest, huge rocks which are looking like many pancakes.

Reviewed over 10 years ago and experienced in November 2009

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Samantha Piekuta

Australia

Ranking: 8/10

Perfect walk for a young family.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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Mike

Australia

Ranking: 7/10

Walk is well set up and the area is interesting with good views.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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Lynn Maguire

United States

Ranking: 10/10

Free!

Reviewed over 10 years ago and experienced in December 2009

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niekv

Netherlands

Ranking: 9/10

Great fun at high tide.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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purplekat99

United States

Ranking: 10/10

Beautiful and free! Right on the main West Coast highway, you can't miss it!

Reviewed over 10 years ago and experienced in December 2008

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joannaw

England

Ranking: 9/10

Nature at its best. Blowholes through the rocks and amazing formations.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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sophiep

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Well worth stopping off. They are continually changing though.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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catdonjaime

Canada

Ranking: 9/10

Stunning!

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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Debs NZ

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Beautiful walk, and its FREE! Just make sure you go at high tide so you can see the blowholes really working!

Reviewed over 10 years ago and experienced in October 2009

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chessum

New Zealand

Ranking: 9/10

DOC has done a wonderful job of making the Pancake Rocks accessible to the public. Spectacular and even more so at high tide when the blowholes are operating.

Reviewed almost 11 years ago

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Suzanne

United States

Ranking: 10/10

Fasinating rock formations along a scenic coast line. It was definitely worth the road detour from Mt Arthurs pass to see them then head back down the scenic west coast. It was a scenic trip highlight of New Zealand for us. The walk is short and very easy.

Reviewed almost 11 years ago

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Evan

Norway

Ranking: 9/10

Come at high tide and it's very wonderful.

Reviewed almost 11 years ago

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rosil

Germany

Ranking: 7/10

Very touristic with lots of people and sealed walking track.

Reviewed almost 11 years ago and experienced in April 2009

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ginekek

Netherlands

Ranking: 10/10

Amazing rocks and no charges (free) very good walk and everybody can see this awesome nature.

Reviewed about 11 years ago and experienced in April 2009

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bondd

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

A great short walk to dramatic coastline. Suitable for everyone.

Reviewed about 11 years ago

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brianp

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Excellent layout of the area with care taken so that even handicapped people can benefit from the sight of these rocks and blowholes.

Reviewed about 11 years ago

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andriesk

Netherlands

Ranking: 8/10

Nice short walk. The sea thundering against the pancake rocks and through the blowholes is a surprise after the quite walk at beginning.

Reviewed about 11 years ago