Paparoa National Park is often overlooked by travelers who drive the length of New Zealand’s Westland. With miles of unfettered wilderness to explore and only a few pockets of civilization along the way, it can be a tough order to see all that the West Coast has to offer.

However I urge you to add the limestone cliffs, canyons and caves of Paparoa to your South Island itinerary.

One of 14 National Parks in New Zealand, Paparoa is home to the famed Pancake Rocks and impressive blow holes that have been carved by the ocean waves at Dolomite Point. A favorite with visitors to the region, this short walking trail out onto the cliffs encompasses some impressive examples of Mother Nature at play.

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