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…

Conservation Volunteers

Want to help transform a former farm and mining site into a native rainforest?

Take part in Conservation Volunteers’ summer volunteering programme, the Wild Heart Project. You’ll get to plant and raise native seedlings to help preserve and enhance the breeding habitat of the Tāiko (Westland Petrel).

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

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

Paparoa Paddle Co

Stand up paddle boarding lessons, tours, and gear rental

If you’ve always wanted to have a go at paddle boarding but never had the chance here’s your opportunity. Dion at the Paparoa Paddle Co, which is based at the Punakaiki Beach Camp, has the boards and the skills.  Check out board hire with him or you can take a guided tour along the beautiful Pororari River.

Telephone: 027 271 3534
Address: Based at Punakaiki Beach Camp