Punakaiki Cavern

Pancake Rocks Cavern


Image: a wooden staircase leading to the cave entrance.

Useful Information

Location: Punakaiki, north of Greymouth. 56km from Westport, 88km from Hokitika. From the Pancake Rocks (Visitor Center) follow the coast road to the north about 500m. Signposted at the landward side of the road.
Open: no restrictions.
[2008]
Fee: free.
[2008]
Classification:  Karst cave. Oligocene limestone
Light: bring torch
Dimension: L=138m.
Guided tours: n/a
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Address: DOC Punakaiki Field Centre, Main Road, PO Box 1, Punakaiki, Tel +64-3-731-1895, Fax +64-3-731-1888. E-mail: contact
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History


Description

Image: view out of the entrance.
Image: view out of the entrance.

This small cave is named after nearby Pancake Rocks, which are a famous tourist destination. This rocks are called Punakaiki by the native Maori. They are spectacular rocks formed by the waves in a thin bedded limestone. The thin layers of limestone, about two or three centimeters thick and more or less horizontal give the rocks a look like a stack of pancakes, hence the name.

This nearby cave is a karst cave, located in the same limestone. The limestone is karstified and there are numerous caves in this area.

This small cave is signposted by the Paparoa National Park. A wooden stair leads up onto the two metre high wall at the cave entrance. The cave itself is considered to be very easy to explore. However, a reliable light source, appropriate shoes and common sense are essential.


See also


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