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Summary

Lush rainforest with limestone outcrops

Description

The Punakaiki area is one of the scenic gems of the West Coast and a must-see experience for all visitors. The wild coastline is covered with lush rainforest and dotted with graceful nikau palms. Route developers have recently been lured by the limestone outcrops jutting out of the forest and the area has seen a spate of recent development. Although there is plentiful rock, high rainfall has made the cliffs quite vegetated and dirty. There are also large areas of loose friable rock. This area will continue to grow and develop, but the limestone is not quite as bomber as Payne's Ford.

Where to stay

Punakaiki Village or Charleston Motor Camp.

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