Punakaiki and Irimahuwhero Lookout Point

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The Great Coast Road, Greymouth to Westport, voted one of the top ten coastal drives in the world.  Guess what?…… I live here!

After a walk around the famous Pancake Rock and blowholes in Punakaiki, Stephen and I headed a little further north to get some photos from the Irimahuwhero lookout point.  The photo above is looking north towards Westport.  The drive follows the coastline for approximately 50kms and then winds its way through some beautiful native Beech Forest before meeting with Westport.

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This one is looking south, back towards Punakaiki and the pancake rock formations.  Gorgeous little beach here called Truman beach.  The bush walk leading down to it is quite stunning too.  Voted one of the best short walks in New Zealand.  Yes, we have lots of the best of everything here on the West Coast tee hee.

Seriously though, we are pretty spoilt.  The might of the Tasman Sea and some stunning native rain forest and national parks.

Irimahuwhero lookout point, Great Coast Road, West Coast

Views galore.  Remote beaches – both sandy and stoney.

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and to die for lookout points.  Did I mention…… I live here?……..

Jan and Stephen run Breakers Boutique Accommodation on the Great Coast Road, north of Greymouth.  They love to get out and explore the many wonders that help make up the West Coast and enjoy sharing their adventures.  Check out their other blog postings or visit their activities page on their website for suggestions on things to see and do should you be thinking about visiting the West Coast of the Southern Alps.


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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9 Responses to Punakaiki and Irimahuwhero Lookout Point

  1. bulldog says:

    You did mention you lived there… with lots of the best of… love this post where you like to brag about your country, as well you might, as it does have those great points accredited to it in many places and ably displayed on your blog… now about your rugby team.?? LOLOLOL… just kidding, you can brag about them most of the time as well…


  2. Gorgeous photos. NZ is on my list of places I want to visit.


  3. Diana Bridgforth says:

    My sister, brother-in-law and I visited the west coast of the southern island of New Zealand during March of 2014. Wow! Some of the most spectacular coastal views EVER! Better than northern California. Our favorite spot was Motukiekie Beach 1 1/2 hours before low tide. The walk was wonderful. The sea stacks incredible. And I had never seen orange starfish before. Feel free to brag some more. It would still be an understatement.


    • coastingnz says:

      Hi Diana. Thanks for finding our blog. Great that you got to experience our coast line. I’m still to do northern California – it is often compared to our coastal drive so would be nice to see. Motukiekie is just along from us at Breakers – we can see the start of the rock formations from here. The walk is wonderful. We have the orange starfish here off our rocks at Breakers also – they are very very cool. I will continue to brag – just can’t seem to help myself LOL Hope you make it back to NZ one day, plenty more exploring to be done.


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