The Punakaiki Pancake Rocks location has elevated walkways above these limestone rocks where you can shoot the explosions of water created when the surf comes in. Above is a relatively small surge of water. Below is a huge surge with the corresponding trickle down streams on the last photo. It was fascinating each time the tide came in and water exploded up through the rocks to capture the drama.
I would highly recommend adding this stop to your sunrise shoot. You could also shoot it at night for sunset. The night I was there, we didn’t get much in the way of sunset color, but it would still be worth a try.
Where to Stay
I’d recommend Punakaiki Tavern — not because the rooms are 5 star, because they are actually really small and primarily comfortable; however, it’s super convenient to have a place for dinner just a short walk from your room.