Punakaiki’s Top 5 to do’s for families

So, the winter solstice has passed, Matariki has been sighted and from here on in the days get longer and the summer closer – yay!


It’s time to start planning how you’re going to spend your summer holidays and here at the Punakaiki Beach Camp we can definitely help with that.

Our little piece of paradise, tucked between the Tasman Sea and Pororari River, has tent sites, powered sites, cabins with views and much more.


The main piece of advice from guests who’ve stayed previously is to be sure to book for at least a couple of nights as there’s so much for the whole family to do here.

Here’s our top five for families:


1. A visit to the Pancake Rocks and blowholes is a must, of course. You can walk there from the camp in under 15 minutes.


2. On the way you can drop in to the Punakaiki Cavern and check out the stalactites and glow worms.


3. Head north from the camp to the Truman Track via Punakaiki’s new pathway for

walkers and cyclists. The track is an easy 15-minute walk through native bush ending at the coast where there are stunning views.


4. If you’ve always wanted to give stand up paddle boarding or surfing a go talk to Dion at the Paparoa Paddle Co by the beach camp office and he’ll sort you out.


5. If you want to stretch your legs a bit further check out the Pororari River walk, rated one of the most beautiful short walks in the country.


So get in quick and make your bookings before everyone else does.


Look forward to seeing you here.