Charleston’s Surging Sea


crashing waves off Charleston rocks

Crash, boom, bang…… crash, boom, bang…… wow, this is awesome! Sitting out on the rocks at Charleston and the sea is huge with pounding surf surging in and out and crashing up against the rock face. It is a sight to behold.

surging seas at Charleston rocks

spewing seas Charleston rocks

Holy catfish Batman that one was a doosy! I could sit here for hours watching the surf – possibly an odd comment to make from someone who actually has a fear of water.

Charleston beach and bach

But wait I hear you say – don’t you live on the beach. Well yes, but that is beside the point. Ironically we’re having a little break away and we’ve hired a bach……. on the beach. No two beaches are the same though and that statement certainly applies with this beach. It is nothing like our beach at home. This beach is thick with large stones – like over-sized marbles making them hard to walk on and strewn with driftwood – some looking like monsters washed ashore from the sea.

steps off Charleston rocks

Slip, trip, twist – carefully does it as we make our way to the massive rocky outcrop we want to climb onto to watch the surging water as the tide comes in. We clamber up the rock face and follow the little track into a short bush section with overgrown flax bush hanging in our faces and pop out on top of the rocks. They are jagged and layered with occasional pools of water from the rain of late and the spray from the surf as she crashes up against them.

enjoying the views Tasman sea Charleston rocks

I find a poesy to sit on with the dogs and we watch with wonder. Stephen heads out further placing each step with care – don’t want him slipping off into oblivion – that’s where he’d end up if he fell in here!

swelling seas of rocks at Charleston

The swell is enormous and comes in bursts, crashing into the outlying outcrop and smashing into the rock face I’m sitting on. Spray spews high in the air – wahoo, did you see that one!  Little did I know at the time, just how close to the crashing water I was…….

Back to having a fear of water – apparently it is a good thing, nothing like a healthy respect for the sea and I’m more than happy to appreciate it’s wonder from afar.

sun set off charleston rocks

The sun slowly sets into the Tasman Sea and the night air chill tells us it is time to head indoors.  Something tells me we will sleep well tonight.

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 about and explore the many nooks and crannies that help make up the wonder that is the West Coast of the Southern Alps.

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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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8 Responses to Charleston’s Surging Sea

    • coastingnz says:

      Thanks – it was such a lovely evening. The calm after the storm. We had just experienced a couple of very stormy days hence the big seas. Currently they are flat again – doesn’t take long for them to calm down. The power of Mother Nature is amazing.

  1. bulldog says:

    This is such a lovely share… I love the crashing waves… and have a ton of photos of my own of just such splashes on our east coast… love it…

  2. Beautiful photos. I miss the sound of the waves crashing. Such a wonderful sound.

    • coastingnz says:

      It is a wonderful sound. We just put double glazing in some of our house and I was gutted with the sound barrier it created – thankfully we live close enough that you still can hear it but not to the same extent as before.

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