Weekender: Wild luxury in Punakaiki


Josie Steenhart

The South Island’s West Coast is the perfect place for a civilised weekend away in a wonderfully wild setting.

Set on the coastline between Westport and Greymouth, the community of Punakaiki lies on the edge of Paparoa National Park, 300sq km of bush, river, coast and protected limestone karst (the famous Pancake Rocks being the star, but also soaring cliffs and a number of caves).

Visually it’s breathtaking, there’s plenty to do and see, and despite a reputation for wet and moody weather (which we’re told is a longstanding and highly successful rumour started by locals to keep tourists away), the weather across the three days we’re there is bright and sunny with just one afternoon of cloud and not a drop of rain….read more


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