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I didn't go to New Zealand to see skyscrapers, so I return to nature.


Pancake Rocks in the Paparoa National Park.Fantastic rock formations on the West Coast of the South Island.
We stayed in a cozy hostel 3 km from there, in the rainforest.

Established in 1987, Paparoa National Park is perhaps most famous for the Pancake Rocks and blowholes of Dolomite Point, near the little settlement of Punakaiki.

The Paparoa Range forms an impressive backdrop to the park; made of ancient granite which has been slowly shaped by ice into its present rugged outline.


Limestone underlies most of the park and it is responsible for the area's amazing landforms - high coastal cliffs, impressive river canyons, delicate cave formations and the bizarre pancake-stack coastal formations that the area is so well known for.

The three blowholes at Dolomite Point put on their best performance during a south-westerly swell at high tide.

Vegetation within the park is wide and varied, due to the mild climate and high fertility. Near the coast, broadleaf forest dominates, with glades of exotic-looking nikau palms giving a subtropical feel. Large rata trees emerge above the forest canopy. Inland, the forest is made up of hard, red and silver beech, mixed with rimu and other podocarps.

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