Fox River Market
Throughout summer the Fox River Market runs on Sundays 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 on Sundays from Labour Weekend through to Easter. Stall holders start packing up at about 2pm.
Dolomite Point Redevelopment Project
Work on the Department of Conservation (DOC) redevelopment project began in May 2022. It will bring a brand-new Visitor Centre to Punakaiki, to be managed through a partnership between local iwi Ngāti Waewae and DOC.
This stage of the redevelopment is creating safer pedestrian access to the Pancake Rocks, new toilets, better parking and a shared pedestrian/cycle pathway linking the Paparoa Track cycle exit to the Truman Track entrance.
The second stage of redevelopment includes a new exhibition space and a short walkway to a lookout.
While work is in progress, the construction site to the south of the existing Visitor Centre is surrounded by a safety fence, for protection of the public. This will not affect access to the Visitor Centre. Temporary toilets are available near the visitor centre and the highway.
The upgraded and extended visitor car park – just to the north of the Pancake Rocks – is open for use.
More information about the project.
Over winter, while the Fox River Market takes a break, there’s a monthly Sunday market at Charleston approximately 30km north of Punakaiki. There are food and craft stalls, fresh produce and more. The markets are held in the Charleston Hall starting at 10am, finishing 1pm.