Top things to do

Top Choice Natural Feature in Punakaiki & Paparoa National Park

Pancake Rocks

Punakaiki's claim to fame is Dolomite Point, where a layering-weathering process called stylobedding has carved the limestone into what looks like piles of thick pancakes. Aim for high tide (tide timetables are post…
Cafe in Punakaiki & Paparoa National Park

Pancake Rocks Cafe

Almost inevitably, pancakes are the pride of the cafe opposite the Pancake Rocks trail, heaped with bacon, berries, cream and other tasty toppings. Even better are the pizzas, from whitebait to four cheese (with a f…
Market in Punakaiki & Paparoa National Park

Fox River Market

In summer, a food and craft market unfolds in a jaw-dropping location beneath overhanging cliffs 12km north of Punakaiki (follow signs to Fox River car park). Offerings vary by vendor but you can expect Thai food, f…
Historic Site in Charleston & Around

Mitchells Gully Gold Mine

For a true taste of the region’s gold-mining past, swing into Mitchells Gully Gold Mine, 3km north of Charleston. You'll get a friendly primer on the 1860s mining days and then explore mining tunnels and railway tra…
Pub Food in Punakaiki & Paparoa National Park

Punakaiki Tavern

Expect good banter and big meals at this busy pub, which serves food throughout the day. Corn fritter stacks, rib-eye steaks and pub mainstays like fish and chips feature on the menu, while a pool table and mixed ca…
Pizza in Charleston & Around

Jack’s Gasthof

Berliners Jack and Petra run their popular pizzeria in the midst of bucolic farmland by the Little Totara River. It's 4km north of Charleston.
Pub in Barrytown & Around

Rapahoe Hotel

The Rapahoe Hotel, 12km north of of Greymouth, is a simple beachfront pub offering hot food and cold beer at the northern trail head for the Point Elizabeth Walkway.