Many of our trips pass through the rugged and wild Punakaiki region and enjoy a taste of real ol' New Zealand. For those joining a tour passing through Punakaiki here is a taste of what you will be up to.

About the Punakaiki area:

Situated on the West Coast of New Zealand, this is one of our favourite spots! The entire region has a remote and rugged feel about it that is reminiscent of the good ole days, you can almost imagine a horse and cart travelling past you! Best known for the Pancake Rocks and Blowholes this spectacular natural wonder is best viewed on high tide where you get the brunt of the Tasman sea pounding against the rocks. 

Our scenic campsite is located beside the powerful Tasman sea and is also on the doorstep of the Paparoa National Park, a perfect spot to spend the night.

Make sure you pack your raincoat though, this rugged prehistoric looking landscape filled with beautiful Nikau palms and lush greenery comes from a high rainfall, but it's well worth it to experience the almost magical feel this beautiful area will leave you with.

Optional activities:

  • Visit the amazing greenstone factory of Hokitika on your way north and get involved in creating your own memorabilia.
  • Quad bike or buggie adventures

Walk options:

A variety of coastal and shorter walks and a lovely sunrise stroll for the early risers.  

Cycle options:

Get a coastal blast with cycle options from 15-30km