Great Coast Road Ramble

Storm has been brewing with threatening skies so Stephen and I decided to take a drive up the Great Coast Road north of us and walk the Barrytown beach for a change before the rain came.

views along the Great Coast Road West Coast

The Great Coast Road has been voted one of the top ten coastal drives in the world by Lonely Planet – I am sure you can see why.  Clear blue skies, overcast, raining – doesn’t matter, it is a spectacular drive no matter what the weather.

Great Coast Road Greymouth to Westport

The skies were patchy for our drive but it added to the dramatics of the drive and the sun popping out occasionally and dropping the light on the breaking waves was seriously cool.

Alternative transport along the Barrytown beach

Our walk on the beach started with some adventure…… only a couple of minutes into it and the heavens opened so we bolted back to the safety of the car and waited it out.  It didn’t take long and the next break in the weather came through.  Once on the beach again, an unusual sight for us – a tractor coming along the beach – one way to get from one part of your farm to another I guess.

Storm brewing Tasman Sea West Coast

The tide was out on the beach and much sand was revealed.  Our beach at Breakers is more often quite stoney so it was nice to have a sandy beach for a change – and hard packed at that so easy-going.  The dogs loved it – running madly up and down enjoying the feel of sand between their toes instead of the stones.

The beaches of the West Coast are renowned for their driftwood – with so many rivers, creeks and streams feeding the sea there is heaps of driftwood constantly being washed up.  Makes for some fantastic beach art.

washed up driftwood Barrytown beach

beach art on Barrytown beach

We seemed to time our walk to perfection – a good hours walk along the beach and just as we get back to the car – yep you guessed it, the heavens opened again and another downpour.  Time to head home for a cuppa.

Jan and Stephen run Breakers Boutique Accommodation on the Great Coast Road north of Greymouth.  Rated #1 on Tripadvisor for accommodation in their area, they enjoy getting out and exploring all the nooks and crannies that help make up the many wonders of 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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4 Responses to Great Coast Road Ramble

  1. A stunning walk, and beautiful photography to remember it by. Thanks!


  2. bulldog says:

    The photography on this site is really something to see.. you do NZ such justice with your posts… I think your Government should employ you two to advertise NZ, the tourists would come pouring in…


    • coastingnz says:

      Thanks Rob. Stephen finally get some recognition with his photos – local Council using them and he does supply them to our local Tourism Organisation. Getting more and more of our future guests reading our blog too which is great – giving them some ideas on things to see and do while here on the West Coast. All helps and that is what we like to see – people making the most of their visit. 🙂


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