Sunset on the Rocks at 8 Mile

cliffs of 8 mile beach

Watch out!  Whish, whish, in comes the water…….. trust me honey Stephen says, I’ll look after you!

enjoying the rocks at 8 mile

We’re out on the rocks at 8 mile tonight – taking a walk to capture the sunset.  Normally you can walk from our place round the rocks to the 8 mile and visa versa.  We thought tonight though, we’d come from the 8 mile side for a change…… note “we thought”…..

Jan and the dogs 8 mile rocks

sun set 8 mile rocks Rapahoe

The wonderful thing about West Coast beaches is they are constantly changing.  They can make it difficult though when planning a little adventure – although it does often make the adventure.  Usually we have to rock hop around the 8 mile but today the start of the beach is thick with sand and gravel.

We do however encounter a big rock fall that we have to negotiate and clamber over.  It’s not too bad, just watch the footing and stay off the wet rocks – they can be slippery! Around the next corner though we’ve back on to sand and gravel but that is as far as we can go.  The sand and gravel disappear and it is into rocks but they are filled with water.

surging waters at 8 mile rocks

Not only that, it seems we’ve misjudged the tides – they are coming in.  We thought we had the low tide but seems we’re out by at least an hour and are into the incoming tide.  Watch out for those surges……

8 mile rocks

Stephen is doing his photography thing so I manage to find a nice little nook to sit and watch the surf.  It was lovely just sitting there watching waves come and go, the different surges and the colours from the sun slowing getting closer to disappearing into the sea.

water spout off 8 mile

sun setting 8 mile rocks

Down she goes – and in comes the tide.  We make a quick dash to get back onto the other side of the big rock fall – don’t want to get stranded.

8 mile waterfall

Slowly we make our way back along the beach passing the 8 mile waterfall.  Considering we haven’t really had any rain lately there is quite a bit of water coming down.  Sure does make it pretty though.

8 mile rocks thanks!  Nice to come and visit for a change – and we will be back sometime real soon.

Jan and Stephen run Breakers Boutique Accommodation on the Great Coast Road north of Greymouth.  Rated #1 on Tripadvisor for the area, they enjoy getting out and exploring the West Coast – the numerous beaches, walks and biking tracks.  Check out their activities page or other blog postings for ideas on things to see and do when you are ready to visit 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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5 Responses to Sunset on the Rocks at 8 Mile

  1. SKEdaddle says:

    Aren’t you so lucky to be able to experience this – the images are so beautiful.


  2. bulldog says:

    This looks a lovely place to sit and watch a sun down… lovely… When we lived by the coast I was always amazed by the changing beaches, where the sea could seem to move millions of tons of sand overnight, and just as quickly as depositing the sand how quickly it could take it away again… I have to assume the sea there on your west coast is cold, am I correct.??


    • coastingnz says:

      Actually the temperature isn’t too bad. We do go swimming in the summer – stays pretty much same temperature year round – not tropical by any means, around 18degrees – nice enough on a hot summers day.


  3. Amazing write up about colors and color harmonies. Very thorough and extremely useful. Thanks


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