The Great Coast Road drive between Greymouth and Westport is voted one of the top ten coastal drives in the world by Lonely Planet. Here at Breakers we are lucky enough to be situated right at the start and even more lucky is that Stephen and I live here!
The section from the little seaside village of Rapahoe to Barrytown – 14kms north would have to be my favourite section. Hugging the coastline proper on the left and the Paparoa Ranges on the right you’ve got a great combination of sea, cliff-tops, rocky outcrops farmland and native bush – the best of both worlds surrounded by mountains and sea.
We took a little drive this morning and headed north from Nine Mile beach up to 14 mile beach. There are lots of safe pull-ins and picnic areas along the way and it is often just a matter of a bit of a rock clamber and you’re on a gorgeous remote beach.
Many of our guests often ask why there is never anyone or hardly anyone on the beaches along the West Coast. You have to remember the West Coast is 500kms from one end to the other with a population of only around 34,000 people along the whole coast – plenty of space for everyone.
Most of our beaches are very stoney – nice round, generally smooth stones and rocks. There are many rocky outcrops and these can be a safe haven for seals after a stormy sea.
Typically we had the beach to ourselves. We headed north first until coming to the protruding rocky outcrop that you can only get around at low tide. The tide had turned and was coming in so that wasn’t an option today. Then we headed back to the car – or so I thought……. Stephen says “come on” and so we then head towards the south. We can’t go too far, again due to the incoming tide.
It is so peaceful along the beaches – just the sound of the roaring sea and occasionally Ziggy’s insistent barking! Give him a stick to carry and that keeps him happy. Nico is easy, happy to meander along sniffing in all the rock crevasses. Back to the car – time to head for home.
Darn, love this drive, love this place!
Jan and Stephen are lucky enough to live on the Great Coast Road north of Greymouth. Together they run Breakers Boutique Accommodation and they love to share their knowledge of the area with their guests. Rated #1 on Tripadvisor for places to stay in the Greymouth region.