Paparoa National Park features coastal forest along a spectacular coastline with an abundance of nīkau palm trees, steep limestone cliffs and deep canyons, caves and underground streams. And much can be seen easily without travelling too far from the car.
The park is best known for the bizarre Pancake Rocks and impressive blowholes of Dolomite Point near Punakaiki. The blowholes put on their best performance at high tide so check at the local iSite for times. It's also the start or beginning of the multi-day Paparoa Track.
For the adventurous there are amazing guided caving opportunities, along with easy kayaking on the Pororari River and lovely rainforest walks.