What’s happening

Dolomite Point Redevelopment Project

Visitors will notice work currently being done at the side of State Highway 6 through Punakaiki. This is for a shared pedestrian/cycle pathway.  When it is complete, residents and visitors will be able to walk or cycle safely from Hartmount Place at the northern end of Punakaiki all the way to the Punakaiki River at the south.

The next stage of the redevelopment is an upgrade and extension to the visitor car park to the north of the Pancake Rocks, with work due to start in June 2021.  While this is happening the carpark will need to be closed.  Parking will be available beside the Department of Conservation Visitor Centre and within the existing southern car park just south of the shops opposite the entrance to the Pancake Rocks.

Tāiko Festival

Punakaiki’s annual Tāiko Festival celebrates the Westland Petrel (Tāiko) which returns from South America to Punakaiki once a year to breed. It’s a weekend of conservation, community events and entertainment

The 2022 festival will be held 29-30 April.

Charleston Market

From May to October there’s a market on the second Sunday of each month at Charleston, about 25 mins north of Punakaiki. The next market day is Sunday 11 July. 

Fox River Market

Throughout summer the Fox River Market runs on Sunday at the marketplace just north of the Fox River bridge. There are food and craft stalls, live music and more. The market starts at 9am every Sunday from Labour Weekend through to Easter. Stall holders start packing up at about 2pm.