The beaches of Barrytown

colours of autumn on a West Coast beach

Yes, here we are exploring yet another West Coast beach.  With 500kms of coastline we have plenty to choose from.

Today we have a stunning autumn afternoon and the tides are right to go for an explore.  We’ve headed north to Barrytown – just a little beyond actually, down a dirt road and started out walk.  We’re heading further north along the beach towards Punakaiki.

tree art on a west coast beach

The beach is deserted – ok, again, they usually are.  Almost always guaranteed to have them to yourself or maybe share with 3 or 4 other people at some stage during the walk.

Nico and Ziggy enjoying playtime on the beach

Initially our walk starts quite stoney but soon it is predominately sand which is fun for the dogs – they love the feel of the sand under their feet.  The water is cooling for them too on this warm autumn day.

West Coast beach towards Punakaiki

We don’t have a plan for how far we are going to go, just keep walking…….

Eventually we come across some tree art – some great looking tree stumps and logs washed up after a recent storm.

lone tree washed up on a West Coast beach

tree art on a west coast beach

After a break for a quick bite to eat, we figure it is time to turn around and head back.  This often has its drawbacks – sometimes not realising just how far you walked and with no other option but to keep walking!  Our legs are tired and I seem to be developing a blister on the side of my foot.

snack time on a West Coast beach with the dogs

Beautiful day though, beautiful part of the West Coast, beautiful part of New Zealand – can I really complain – probably best not!

Jan, Ziggy and Nico enjoying the autumn sunshine on a West Coast beach

Jan and Stephen run Breakers Boutique Accommodation on the Great Coast Road north of Greymouth.  Together with Nico and Ziggy their two faithful friends, they love to get out and explore this wonder that they are fortunate enough to live in.  Check out their other blog postings or activities for things to see and do while visiting the West Coast.


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 The beaches of Barrytown

  1. scott2608 says:

    Wonderful photo set but the first photo is stunning!

    • coastingnz says:

      Thanks Scott. The day was almost perfect! Love autumn and winter on the West Coast – when we get some of our best weather and definitely best time for photographs.

  2. I am hanging out on the Oregon Coast watching fishing boats being unloaded as I type this. So it’s an appropriate time to read about New Zealand’s beautiful coast. Great photos. I will post some coastal shots on Monday. Curt

    • coastingnz says:

      I look forward to seeing your photos Curt. Many of our guests often compare our coastline to the Oregon Coastline so will be good to see – hopefully in person one day!

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