We started our tour of the West Coast at the Paparoa National Park where hiking is so varied....Limestone outcrops, canyons, and caves reach out to pounding surf and almost deserted beaches. You cannot comprehend the depth of the Pancake Rocks, since their website doesn't give you any idea of the great depth of the rock stacks. The surf pounds so hard through the blow holes, that it feels as if the earth is quaking!
It's worth taking the short hike on the Truman Track through the rainforest, past wild flax, and down to the wind and wave worn cliffs on the beach below.
Drive further South to the driftwood beaches and glowworm grotto near Hoikitaka Beach....especially nice at sunset.