The Punakaiki River is a river of the West Coast Region of New Zealand's South Island. It flows predominantly northwest from its sources in the Paparoa Range, reaching the Tasman Sea two kilometres south of the town of Punakaiki. Most of the river's length is within Paparoa National Park.
"Place Name Detail: Punakaiki River". New Zealand Geographic Placenames Database. Land Information New Zealand. Retrieved 12 July 2009.
Coordinates: 42°07′S 171°20′E / 42.117°S 171.333°E