Great Coast Road Photography Safari

photography safari motukeikei

Lovely guest visiting for a couple of nights from the UK – Ben who is into his photography, so while we had some spare time this afternoon we headed out to share a couple of our favourite local photography spots with him.

motukeikei rocks

views of motukeikei rocks

A hidden track off the main road (can’t tell you where else I’d have to kill you…..) takes us down to the Motukeikei rocks.  Generally only accessible at low tide and while we were here at low tide, our tides today were “high” low tides so no mussel beds and rock pools covered in starfish to explore.  That’s ok though – plenty of other rock formations – big rock formations to photograph and huge sheer cliff faces.

a walk in the motukeikei rocks

negotiating the motukeikei rocks

Gorgeous day for a bit of a walk around the rocks and there was only one moment where we nearly got caught out by an incoming wave – you know the one, the one that comes much higher than all the previous ones had been – just to ensure you are awake and keep you on your toes – quite literally in this instance as I had to jump higher on a rock I was clambering over…. nearly caught me out!

photography motukeikei rocks

enjoyin the views motukeikei rocks

We head up on top of some of the rocks to get some better views – and away from the incoming tide.  The dogs had a blast – Nico particularly seems to love clambering over the rocks and sitting watching the views.  Stephen and I have decided he is a visual dog – loves to see what is going on around him.

dogs enjoying the Motukeikei rocks walk

Time to head back up – don’t want to get stuck down here.  I’m sure we wouldn’t, but wouldn’t really be a good look having a stranding with our guests…..  🙂

10 mile valley walk

Not heading home just yet though, thought we’d take a wander up the 10 mile valley too.  Such a gorgeous day.  We’ve had quite a wet month for October so nice to be out making the most of the sunshine.  Out of the wind too up the 10 mile valley so actually quite hot – yes I said it – hot!  The 10 mile creek almost looks tempting for a little dip – I did say almost though.

photography time 10 mile valley walk

10 mile valley creek

So peaceful up here and the light is near perfect, capturing the water as it shimmies over the rocks on its way down the valley and out to sea.

bridge across 10 mile valley creek

It is amazing the contrast – one minute we’re down on the beach with huge rock outcrops and massive cliffs around us and the next we’re meandering up a valley surrounded by native bush and the gentle rush of the creek.

native bush 10 mile valley

I think all in all Ben enjoyed his afternoon exploring just a couple of our favourite little getaways.

Jan and Stephen run Breakers Boutique Accommodation on the Great Coast Road north of Greymouth.  Together with their two dogs Nico and Ziggy, they enjoying getting out and about exploring the many wonders that are the West Coast – voted one of the top ten regions in the World to visit by Lonely Planet.  So what are you waiting for…..

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 Photography Safari

  1. anderscape says:

    I remember getting caught by an incoming wave at that spot! luckily my camera gear survived 😉


  2. bulldog says:

    I’m sure Ben enjoyed the walk… it is normally the locals that know all the special spots… so he was lucky to be staying with you…


    • Thanks Rob. Was nice to have the time to take him out. I have another “date” coming in November – thanks to my blog a guest wanting to go to the Top of the World…. Mt George so that should be fun too.


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