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Punakiki

Where you’ll find the pancake rocks

Punakaiki is a recreation area situated just over a half hours drive north from Greymouth, or south from Westport on the coastal road. Punakaiki for most people makes for a good break to get some fresh air and walk out to the pancake rocks, (good wheelchair access) to view the unusual pancake rock formations and the blow-holes from which columns of sea water can spray up in favourable sea conditions as in the video below.

There is a an excellent visitor centre with information on the area from early history, geology, and information on walkways within the Paparoa National Park and this whole coastline was infamous as

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Karamea

The north of the west

North of Westport, Karamea is a secluded haven at the northern end of the West Coast of New Zealand’s South Island, flanked by the bush clad mountains of Kahurangi National Park to the north and east, with the Tasman Sea to the west. For many visitors, this may be a pleasant day trip from Westport however the are has much to offer those keen to explore.

Karamea is the place to go when you really need to getaway. It has a mild climate and beautiful surroundings with many natural features to be explored. There is tramping, (hiking), caving, geology, hunting, fishing, canoeing, or just relaxing.

Heaphy Track: walk the 80km

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Westport

A place time tries to forget

Tauranga Bay, 20 mins drive west of Westport where there is a seal colony and coastal walkway.

Westport is the largest town and commercial centre for the Buller District in north Westland. It sits at the mouth of the Buller River which is one of New Zealand’s largest rivers.

The town was founded on gold mining and later coal which is still mined in the district. Westport also has is a large cement factory and agriculture plays an important part of the local economy with dairying, beef cattle and sheep farming.

It is also a fishing port which is large enough to be served by coastal trading ships and the occasional cruise

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