Autumn Evening Beach Walks

March is a wonderful month to visit New Zealand and the West Coast.

Nine Mile beach Greymouth

Often we can be getting some of our most consistent nice weather – cool mornings but soon warming once the sun comes out and staying warm right until the sun goes down at the end of the day.

evening beach walk nine mile beach greymouth

Perfect for early evening walks along the beach.

Waves Nine Mile beach Greymouth

The different tides make it a different walk each evening moving the sand, stones and driftwood and of course exactly where we can walk – or run as the case may be with the incoming tides.

Nine Mile beach evening tide

All in good fun although Mr Photographer gets mighty close sometimes with Mother Nature trying her hardest to get him wet.  Warm evenings though doesn’t really matter as the water is reasonably warm still too.

Ziggy and Nico enjoying an evening beach run

The dogs love their evening beach walks, especially Nico as it is a little cooler than the midday sun and with his thick coat makes it more bearable for him and we even get him running on occasions.

walk on Nine Mile beach Greymouth

Love this shot though – looks like someone shrunk him lol  Should read those washing instructions more carefully in future…….

sunset off Rapahoe beach

Gorgeous days lead to gorgeous evenings which leads to well gorgeous sunsets of course!

Sunset reflections Nine Mile beach

Been some rippers lately.  All in all I’d say March is a great time to visit the West Coast, but then again anytime is a good time :-)

Jan and Stephen run Breakers Boutique Accommodation on the Great Coast Road north of Greymouth.  Together with their faithful friends the family dogs, Nico and Ziggy, they enjoy getting out and exploring the many wonders that are the West Coast of the Southern Alps.

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Bush to Beach – Mananui Bush Walk

One of the things I love about the West Coast (and it seems to be an ever-growing list) is that one minute you’re walking through beautiful native forest and the next along a gorgeous beach – with not a single soul in sight.

Mananui bush walk Hokitika

Our latest walk was the beautiful Mananui Bush a short walk just south of Hokitika.

Native bush Mananui bush walk

Gorgeous dense rain forest with towering native trees covered in mosses, ferns and keikei adding great depth to the atmosphere of the forest.  The bird song was wonderful, especially from the numerous fantail fluttering in and out of the branches above us.

Mananui beach walk

It is just a short bush walk and then it opens on to a great expanse of beach.  And I do mean great expanse – you could walk back to Hokitika or all the way to Ross and beyond.  Sand and surf as far as the eye can see and on this occasion not a single other soul insight.

Mananui bush and beach walk hokitika

The boys love this – the sand between their paws must feel so nice in comparison to our stoney beach at home.  It is a nice meander and nice to be out in the sunshine and enjoy a little picnic lunch on the beach.  All to soon though it is time to head for home to meet our new guests.

Ziggy enjoying beach walk Hokitika

Thanks Mananui Bush/Beach for the lovely walk.

Jan and Stephen run Breakers Boutique Accommodation on the Great Coast Road north of Greymouth.  They enjoy getting out and about together with their faithful friends the family dogs Nico and Ziggy and exploring the many wonders of the West Coast.

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8 Mile Valley – History Hidden in the Hills

 

old coal mine 8 mile valley

The West Coast has an abundance of coal and gold mining history and many of the walks are old coal or gold mining areas.

8 mile Valley just up from home is one such place.  A place of discovery, mystic and heaps of hidden history.

looking through the coal bin relic 8 mile valley

old coal sluice 8 mile valley

It is a great showcase of nature reclaiming her land with many of the relics being engulfed by the ever-growing native bush.

A walk up 8 Mile valley

It’s an easy walk up the valley following an old 4WD track, slowly getting overgrown also but the dogs enjoy the open spaces for a good leg stretch and there are plenty of smells to keep them guessing.

views to Tasman Sea from 8 mile quarry

Native bush 8 mile valley

Some fabulous views from the quarry that is up the valley now.  Guess it will always be some sort of industrial area but great that we can wander up here too and get amongst our history and the beautiful nature.

Jan and Stephen run Breakers Boutique Accommodation on the Great Coast Road north of Greymouth.  They enjoy getting out and about exploring this beautiful region they get to call home West Coast of the Southern Alps.

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Grey District – Heart of the West Coast

 

Great Coast road from Mt George

We describe the Grey District as the Heart of the West Coast.  Gateway from Christchurch, gateway to the Great Coast Road, starting place for the West Coast Wilderness Trail and great diversity when it comes to scenery with world-class beaches, beautiful native bush walks and fabulous vistas and that’s not to mention plenty of untold history.

Marty & Connie on bush walk

Our friends Connie and Marty have been visiting from Germany and Stephen took some time out to showcase the best of the district.

views to Tasman Sea from Mt George

Starting with one of our favourite hikes the climb up Mt George.

Mt George views Great Coast Road

Affording views to die for up and down the coastline.

Connie and Marty enjoying Motukeikei beach walk

One of those views was the Motukeikei rocks so it seems only fitting that day two is an exploration of the Motukeikei beach.

Motukeikei beach walk with Connie, Marty & Ziggy

Gorgeous low tides and Ziggy gets to go exploring too.

Waiuta historic gold town

Left to their own devises to explore Coal Creek Falls and Point Elizabeth Stephen then takes them on a trip to Waiuta – historic gold town high in the Victoria Forest inland from Greymouth.

historic house waiuta gold town

This places oozes history and oozes charm.

Connie enjoying Waiuta historic gold town

You can wander round the old township and check out the remaining buildings and relics to give you a reminder of days gone by.

Power station Waiuta bush walk

or take a bush walk – the “road” travelled everyday by these hearty souls and discover the relics left behind in the bush.

cows in the paddock with sunlight

The road getting there is pretty stunning too – not a bad place for a dairy farm……

Nine Mile beach and rocks Greymouth

Back at Breakers and we have the beach right here to meander along and Connie spent a lot of time exploring the beach in search of greenstone and just enjoying her surroundings.

sunet from Rapahoe beach

and to top it all off the West Coast turned on the sunsets each night during their stay too including this one when we popped down to the local pub for dinner.

I’d say all in all Connie and Marty had a great visit to the Grey District – Heart of the West Coast.

Jan and Stephen run Breakers Boutique Accommodation on the Great Coast Road north of Greymouth.  They enjoy getting out and about and showcasing the region with their friends, family and guests to Breakers.  West Coast of the Southern Alps – named by Lonely Planet Best in Travel 2014 as one of the top 10 regions to visit in the world…. wonder why.

 

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Rapahoe Sunset

 

sunset from Rapahoe Hotel

Headed down to the local pub last night – Rapahoe Hotel for dinner with our friends visiting from Berlin.

enjoying sunset from Rapahoe Hotel

Great crowd and a favourite with our guests who get the opportunity to experience what I like to call a true blue Kiwi country pub with super friendly locals, sublime location and great pub food.

sunet from Rapahoe beach

The sunset turned it on for us too.

sunset off Rapahoe beach

Was a ripper!  What more could you ask for – good company, good food and great sunset!

Jan and Stephen run Breakers Boutique Accommodation on the Great Coast Road north of Greymouth.  They enjoy getting out and about and sharing their little slice of paradise.

 

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Coal Creek Falls Waterfall Walk

walking in the forest coal creek falls waterfall walk

With the cleaning finished and some time on our hands before our new guests start arriving we head out to walk Coal Creek Falls Waterfall walk.  A good option when time is not on our side.

Taking the short drive from home to the rural village of Runanga – Home of Champions.  The walk begins at the back of the township.

enchanted forest coal creek waterfall walk

It is a gorgeous day for a walk in the bush.  The greens are outstanding – the forest so alive.  You’ll look at the photos and think they aren’t real but trust me, that is exactly what it looked like – really vibrant with the light coming through and putting highlights in the trees.

native bush coal creek falls waterfall walk

It is a little bit like walking in an enchanted forest – where are the fairies hiding…..

coal creeek falls tall trees

The trees tower high above us, the leaves sparkling in the sunshine.

The boys enjoy the walk as much as we do – certainly plenty of smells about to keep them interested.

coal creek falls waterfall

Eventually the waterfall appears in all her glory and while Stephen heads down to take the photos, the boys and I just enjoy the surroundings.

coal creek falls waterfall and creek

Some more waterfall snaps and it’s time to head back to reality.

bridge on coal creek falls waterfall walk

The walk is just as beautiful heading back out as it was coming in although the boys are keen to keep heading down to the creek and having had heavy rain over the weekend there is quite a bit of debris in the creek so don’t really want them in there getting stuck.  Their persistence is to be admired considering how often Mum is saying NO.

Coal Creek falls waterfall walk native bush

Thanks Coal Creek Falls Waterfall walk – batteries nicely recharged and we’re ready to go again – with smiles on our faces.  A special hello to Peter and Sharon :-)

Jan and Stephen run Breakers Boutique Accommodation on the Great Coast Road north of Greymouth.  They enjoy getting out and about and exploring this beautiful region and sharing their discoveries with their guests. 

 

 

 

 

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The Stars come out to Play – Reefton Skate Park

kids having fun reefton skate park

A trip to Reefton isn’t complete without a visit to the Reefton skate park.  We love this place – Reefton and the skate park!

starry skies reefton skate park

On a recent visit we met a lovely young man who has talent to burn when it comes to utilising this facility with his bike.

bowl reefton skate park

With a star-lit sky William raced the bowl

high flyer reefton skate park

twisted and turned

flying to the stars reefton skate park

turned and twisted

flying high reefton skate park

and generally put on a star-studded show of tricks.

scooter boy reefon skate park

He had a couple of friends along for the ride

girls can do it too reefton skate park

who were just gorgeous and I loved the camaraderie at the end making sure his friend/mentor was ok after his exertion under the stars.

exhausted reefton skate park

I just hope William is picked up by a talent scout and allowed to flourish.

Jan and Stephen run Breakers Boutique Accommodation on the Great Coast Road north of Greymouth.  They enjoying getting out and about and exploring this wonderful region – named by Lonely Planet Best in Travel as one of the top 10 regions to visit in the world in 2014.

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