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Paparoa National Park is an impressive park with rock sceneries in New Zealand
. It is located on the western coast of the South Island, near the seaside resort of Punakaiki. Paparoa National Park was established in 1987, and it covers an area of three hundred square kilometers. The park consists of a rocky coast and a subtropical rainforest. The most famous site of Paparoa National Park are the Pancake Rocks - dolomite rocks, which form layers of limestone separated by layers of claystone. For centuries, these rocks have been disturbed by sea water, wind and rain. Thanks to these influences different shapes, such as holes, caverns and rock bridges, have been created, these are easily accessible for tourists. Paparoa National Park is interwoven with many hiking trails. You can enjoy the 15 minutes long Truman Track, which leads you through the subtropical forest to the rocky coasts. Visitors of Paparoa National Park can also set out on a beautiful two-hour-long hike to a spectacular karst unit known as "Ballroom Overhang". In addition to the shorter tracks, you can set on two- or three-day-trips taking you to the heart of the park. Paparoa National Park is popular not only among the lovers of virgin nature and hiking, but also among the fishermen and lovers of kayaking.
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