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