The Great Coast Road Drive


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!

Great Coast Road towards Rapahoe


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.

Great Coast Road drive

Great Coast Road West Coast

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.

heading north Great Coast Road

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.

Rocks of 14 mile beach

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.


14 mile beach rocks

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.

home alone at 14 mile beach

rocks heading south 14 mile beach

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.

About coastingnz

Jan and Stephen live on the Punakaiki coastline, north of Greymouth on the West Coast, NZ and run Breakers Boutique Accommodation. They both enjoy the outdoors and are passionate about things to see and do on the West Coast and would like to share their experiences with you.
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12 Responses to The Great Coast Road Drive

  1. Alex Khoo says:

    Very nice series of pictures!


  2. bulldog says:

    You are so lucky to live in such a beautiful place… need any help.??. I’ll come and sweep the floors..


  3. ivonne90 says:

    It is not just the scenery that is so unique, also the people who live here and love to share it with the rest of the world…….!


  4. wagurtail says:

    I’ve nominated you for a Versatile Blogger Award 🙂 Congratulations and thanks for the wonderful posts !


  5. scott2608 says:

    Wonderful photo set!


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