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Start your journey through New Zealand's stunning landscapes at a Department of Conservation (DOC) Visitor Centre. Information about conservation areas, as well as DOC's 14,000 km of tracks, 9 Great Walks, and network of 950 huts and 324 campsites.

DOC Paparoa National Park Visitor Centre is staffed by DOC rangers who have firsthand, in-depth local knowledge. We provide information about:

•Walks and hiking - short walks, multi-day hikes, Great Walks
•Track conditions, weather, and safety
•Hut and Campsite bookings
•Heritage sites
•Cycleways
•Maps
•Marine reserves
•Conservation projects
•Local stories, legends and history - our nature, our people

• Pancake Rocks, and the Blowholes in action during high tide
• Amazing limestone caves
•Spectacular Great coast road
•Beach walks, horse treks and river kayaking
•Walks in the virgin subtropical rainforest of Paparoa National Park
•The Westland Petrel, flying overhead in winter to the only breeding colony in the world for these unique birds

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Contact

Phone: +6437311895

Punakaiki Address:
4294 Coast Road, Punakaiki RD1

Operating Season And Hours: Nov-March 9:00am-6:00pm daily April-Oct 9:00am-4:30pm daily Closed Christmas Day

27 reviews with the most recent first, showing page 1 of 3.

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S Weslake

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

Nice place to stop en route down the west coast. We booked a few excursions here and had a walk around the pancake rocks.

Reviewed 3 months ago and experienced in March 2018

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Meile Birkenhake

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

They were great.

Reviewed almost 3 years ago and experienced in February 2015

Conservation Campsite Pass

Save up to 70% on campsite fees! Support conservation and experience the natural beauty of NZ. 93 Department of Conservation campsites, one convenient pass.

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Tobias Becker

Ranking: 8/10

Information about hikes and maps.

Reviewed almost 3 years ago and experienced in January 2015

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Shelly Weissbrem

Israel

Ranking: 10/10

Very kind and helpful.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in December 2014

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Hubert

France

Ranking: 8/10

Would be perfect with WIFi.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in November 2014

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Charlotte Casey

Ireland

Ranking: 5/10

Very busy as both staff members were booking accommodation for people which led to a very long queue.

Reviewed almost 4 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Marie Toulemonde

France

Ranking: 9/10

Very nice team and the woman gave us a lot of information.

Reviewed almost 4 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Philip Schumann

Germany

Ranking: 7/10

Wanted to do a two day hike and had questions about it. They were friendly and gave us a brochure, but refused to do outdoor safety (DOC does not do that anymore), seemed more interested in selling fancy stuff.

Reviewed almost 4 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Markus Eckert

Germany

Ranking: 7/10

Knew what was in the brochures, not very helpful in questions like track conditions in the NP. Did not do outdoor safety.

Reviewed almost 4 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Sarah Jane O'Reilly

Ireland

Ranking: 9/10

Very helpful.

Reviewed almost 4 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Viola

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Friendly staff, a good answer to every question.

Reviewed about 4 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Jeroen Suijlang

Netherlands

Ranking: 8/10

Very helpful and told us about various things to do.

Reviewed about 4 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Jacques Revel

France

Ranking: 9/10

Good documents for visit.

Reviewed about 4 years ago and experienced in March 2014

27 reviews with the most recent first, showing page 1 of 3.

S Weslake's avatar

S Weslake

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

Nice place to stop en route down the west coast. We booked a few excursions here and had a walk around the pancake rocks.

Reviewed 3 months ago and experienced in March 2018

Meile Birkenhake's avatar

Meile Birkenhake

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

They were great.

Reviewed almost 3 years ago and experienced in February 2015

Conservation Campsite Pass

Save up to 70% on campsite fees! Support conservation and experience the natural beauty of NZ. 93 Department of Conservation campsites, one convenient pass.

Get the Pass

Tobias Becker's avatar

Tobias Becker

Ranking: 8/10

Information about hikes and maps.

Reviewed almost 3 years ago and experienced in January 2015

Shelly Weissbrem's avatar

Shelly Weissbrem

Israel

Ranking: 10/10

Very kind and helpful.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in December 2014

Top Ranked NZ Deals Pass

Access savings worth hundreds of $$ on Top Ranked NZ Accommodation and Activities for just $1 per day.

Get deals pass

Hubert's avatar

Hubert

France

Ranking: 8/10

Would be perfect with WIFi.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in November 2014

Charlotte Casey's avatar

Charlotte Casey

Ireland

Ranking: 5/10

Very busy as both staff members were booking accommodation for people which led to a very long queue.

Reviewed almost 4 years ago and experienced in March 2014

Marie Toulemonde's avatar

Marie Toulemonde

France

Ranking: 9/10

Very nice team and the woman gave us a lot of information.

Reviewed almost 4 years ago and experienced in March 2014

Thank You - to the thousands of travellers that have contributed to our Top Voted NZ Activities Map - it's free from Rankers.

Philip Schumann's avatar

Philip Schumann

Germany

Ranking: 7/10

Wanted to do a two day hike and had questions about it. They were friendly and gave us a brochure, but refused to do outdoor safety (DOC does not do that anymore), seemed more interested in selling fancy stuff.

Reviewed almost 4 years ago and experienced in March 2014

Markus Eckert's avatar

Markus Eckert

Germany

Ranking: 7/10

Knew what was in the brochures, not very helpful in questions like track conditions in the NP. Did not do outdoor safety.

Reviewed almost 4 years ago and experienced in March 2014

Sarah Jane O'Reilly's avatar

Sarah Jane O'Reilly

Ireland

Ranking: 9/10

Very helpful.

Reviewed almost 4 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Camping NZ App

Every camping site on your iPhone™, iPad™ or Android™ phone or tablet. Avoid camping penalties using this council approved app. Featuring offline maps.

Download from the App Store Download Android app on Google Play

Viola's avatar

Viola

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Friendly staff, a good answer to every question.

Reviewed about 4 years ago and experienced in February 2014

Jeroen Suijlang's avatar

Jeroen Suijlang

Netherlands

Ranking: 8/10

Very helpful and told us about various things to do.

Reviewed about 4 years ago and experienced in March 2014

Jacques Revel's avatar

Jacques Revel

France

Ranking: 9/10

Good documents for visit.

Reviewed about 4 years ago and experienced in March 2014