Activities in Punakaiki

Along with walking, surfing, river and sea swimming, fishing, kayaking and general exploring you can learn how to stand up paddle board, help out on a planting project or check out the magical underworld in nearby Charleston.

There’s something here for everyone…

Paparoa Guided Walks

We offer all-inclusive guided trips on the Paparoa Track Great Walk.

Trips include transport to start of track, meals, hut accommodation and a local, knowledgeable, qualified guide.
Maxmium group size five people, minimum two. We also have the ability to book out private trips.

Telephone: 027 727 2762

Underworld Adventures – Underworld Rafting & GlowWorm Cave Tours

Join us on a simply magical journey of discovery in the enormous Nile River GlowWorm Caves amidst a calcitic wonderland of stalactites and stalagmites complete with unbelievable galaxies of GlowWorms.

Whether it be our award winning “Underworld Rafting”, or the more passive “GlowWorm Cave Tour” and “Nile River Rainforest Train” or even the full-on “Adventure Caving” be assured that you are in for and adventure never to be forgotten.

Telephone: 03 788 8168
Fax: 03 789 5508
Address: State Highway 6, Charleston
Postal: Box 7, Charleston 7865

Waka Puna

Kayak and stand up paddle board lessons, tours, and gear rental

If you want to kayak or stand up paddle board in Punakaiki check out Waka Puna located right beside the Pororari River bridge. They have a range of kayaks and paddle boards for hire to suit anyone plus wetsuits, wet shoes, shorts and life jackets.  All hires include a briefing which describes the significance of the water way and its features and how to use water craft safely.

Telephone: 027 271 3534
Address: Beside Pororari River bridge, SH6

Conservation Volunteers

Want to help with our planting restoration projects around the Coast, restoring a native rainforest or wetland?

We have projects underway at Bullock Creek, Punakaiki Coastal Restoration Project and Wadeson Island in Hokitika.

Check out our Facebook Page – PunakaikiCVNZ – for upcoming volunteering activities, which could include seed collection, nursery work and helping to preserve and enhance the breeding habitat of the Tāiko (Westland Petrel).

Telephone: 03 731 1808
Address: 3916 State Highway 6, Punakaiki