Greymouth Bar – Cobden Tip Head

big seas Greymouth bar

Big swells today and high tide made for some exciting action at the Greymouth Bar for the fishing boats coming into port.

A notoriously dangerous entrance, when we heard some fishing boats were coming in, we had to go and check it out for ourselves.

Gerard watching the fishing boats

fishing boats coming in Greymouth bar

safely across the Greymouth bar

Our good friends Bernie and Gerard from Franz Josef glacier were in town to do some messages so we were meeting them for a picnic lunch so they could have some time with our dogs.  Perfect place was Cobden tip-head where we could all stretch our legs and watch the boats make their entrance.

fishing boats Greymouth bar

cobden tiphead and fishing boats

boating into Greymouth

Scary stuff I have to say.  I’m not ashamed to say I have a fear of water – others say it is a healthy respect – ok, whatever, I just know it scares the “ba-gee-bers” out of me!  In saying that, that is what made watching these guys all the more impressive.

fishing boat coming into Greymouth

fishing boats crossing greymouth bar from Cobden

Three fishing boats were lined up to come in and they seemed to get smaller in size for each boat that come through.  Timing is everything and these guys were awesome.

My heart was in my mouth as each one had their turn.  Thankfully they all came in without incident.

Fresh fish for dinner now….. thanks guys, you rock!

Jan and Stephen run Breakers Boutique Accommodation on the Great Coast Road north of Greymouth.  They love to get out and above exploring the West Coast.  Rated #1 on Tripadvisor and also happy to help with sightseeing suggestions and itinerary planning.

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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4 Responses to Greymouth Bar – Cobden Tip Head

  1. bulldog says:

    I love to watch (when I can) the comings and goings of these type boats from our shores… some captains make it look so easy and others have me gasping for breath… love the “shakey finger photography”


  2. Reminds me of running the Grand Canyon. (grin)


    • coastingnz says:

      rather you than me! I’ve rafted down some of the Salmon (?) river in Idaho – that was fun but pretty calm! Also done the Shotover River and Kawarau rivers in Queenstown – here in NZ. They can be full on but nothing like the Greymouth bar.


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