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Punakaiki Cavern

State Highway 6 | Paparoa National Park, Punakaiki, New Zealand
+64 3-731 1895
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A Small Cave for Some Light Exploring

Punakaiki Cavern makes for a nice addition to a visit to the Punakaiki Pancake Rocks. If you are... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
kasejason
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Chicago, Illinois
Fun experience for the whole family

Great location, right next to the highway down the slope just north of the Pancake Rocks. Down and... read more

Reviewed 21 April 2017
Chris W
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“glow worms” (13 reviews)
“cool cave” (2 reviews)
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State Highway 6 | Paparoa National Park, Punakaiki, New Zealand
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+64 3-731 1895
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Punakaiki Cavern makes for a nice addition to a visit to the Punakaiki Pancake Rocks. If you are waiting for the tide to come in and need to kill some time, or if you just want something else to do in the area, just head...More

Thank kasejason
Reviewed 21 April 2017

Great location, right next to the highway down the slope just north of the Pancake Rocks. Down and then up a few steps and you are at thd mouth of this very accessible cavern. Make sure you have good shoes and a source of light!...More

1  Thank Chris W
Reviewed 17 April 2017

This is a hidden little gem that the man at the DoC information centre told us about. Our four year old son had a great time exploring the cave, which goes back quite a distance from the opening.

Thank Sara J
Reviewed 27 March 2017

The Punakaii Caverns are very easy to access from the pu,ic parking lot along Highway 6 at Pancake Rocks, don't miss it. Friends suggested we bring along a flashlight to help navigate some of the dark areas of the caverns. This really helped. You could...More

Thank Greg B
Reviewed 11 March 2017 via mobile

We went at around 10:15 at night. When you first enter the cavern you don't see anything, but keep going further back into the cavern and you will see glow worms! Amazing to see them for free.

1  Thank Harpers0512
Reviewed 11 March 2017 via mobile

This is absolutely worth it! There are quite a few glowworms if you go deep enough. It was amazing! The cave was fun to explore and a great way to see glowworms for FREE!

1  Thank Maria T
Reviewed 1 March 2017

Do the cave at night with a red headlamp to get the full effect of the worms. It's a little muddy inside.

Thank Ronald A T
Reviewed 22 February 2017 via mobile

We came across this cave when walking back from the blow holes and were quite excited to explore. It was a rather dark and gloomy affair ending in a small cavern.

Thank Sally B
Reviewed 1 February 2017 via mobile

A nice cave, try and remember a torch and you could explore more than I did. Worth a quick stop if your going to pancake rocks

Thank Grace T
Reviewed 16 January 2017 via mobile

Wicked cave!!! Take a torch and some cloths you don't mind getting dirty or wet and go have an explore

Thank mrunknown103214
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