A New Years Stroll on the Beach


Well now that was a new experience – sheltering in a cave on the beach while a thunder storm lets loose above. Our poor wee Ziggy was not impressed as you can see by the eyes and body language…..

Ziggy scared of the thunder

New Year’s Day started with some overnight rain and we awoke to overcast skies. The rain held off for the most part of the morning while we were cleaning the rooms but on cue while walking on the beach just before lunch, the skies opened and it poured down. Needless to say we got soaked!

sheltering in the cave motukeikei beach

It wasn’t too bad – just occasional bursts – but they were good bursts, the type you didn’t want to get stuck out in. That’s ok we had to wait for our new guests to arrive so stayed inside in the warm and dry.

Guests arrived in good time and once all safely checked in, we had time to get out of the house and make the most of a break in the weather – or so we thought.

We decided to go and check out one of the other beaches as the beach here in front of us had been quite busy with people over the Xmas and New Year holiday. Amazing how you get used to having the beach pretty much to yourself and just a few extra people are enough to “scare” you away…….

Driving to the north the skies went very dark and another burst of rain came through. You could see it clearing in behind though so we waited it out and then headed down the track to the Motukeikei Rocks.

the storm coming through motukeikei beach

the rain is coming motukeikei beach

So gorgeous down here and with the tide out we had plenty of beach to stroll on. Looking up we could see another front heading straight for us. There was a cave at the bottom of the track so we decided to hang around so we had a place to shelter should the heavens open. Well open they did. For a while I was thinking we’re going to have to camp up for the night LOL. The downpour lasted about 15 minutes with occasional loud claps of thunder. Once the thunder arrived we knew it wouldn’t be long for the rain to pass.

last drops of rain motukeikei beach

That is exactly what happened so then we could get out and explore the beach.

The colours after the rainfall were amazing – sun coming out and lighting up the sand reflections.

reflecting sands motukeikei beach

after the rainfall Motukeikei beach

One of the things I love about West Coast beaches, they are constantly changing. Often a rocky beach this was not the case for this walk. The sand build up was amazing – was like being on an entirely different beach. No need for rock hopping today. The skies soon cleared and we wandered down to the south – heading towards Breakers. With sheer cliffs towering above us we feel quite insignificant. The boys enjoyed the leg stretch but it was soon time to head back – tummies were rumbling, it was well past our dinner time…….

tide coming in across rocks motukeikei beach

Nico enjoying a run on the beach

Jan and Stephen run Breakers Boutique Accommodation on the Great Coast Road north of Greymouth. They enjoy getting out and about and exploring the West Coast and sharing their adventures and discoveries. Rated #1 on Tripadvisor contact them when you are ready to visit 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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9 Responses to A New Years Stroll on the Beach

  1. Michael says:

    Great adventures on the New Zealand … Be always prepared for 4 seasons in a day!

    • coastingnz says:

      Most definitely Michael – hence the beanie LOL – always have one in my jacket pocket just in case! Didn’t think I’d be needing it in January though….

  2. G&B says:

    Poor wee fella, we know what he’s like with thunder, you just want to cuddle him and say that it’s alright. As for Nico, nothing seems to phase him.

  3. bulldog says:

    Sounds as though the storms don’t worry you or the dogs… my two hate the thunder storms and being fox terriers they tend to dig when the weather comes… shame, my daughters garden took quite a beating with all the fireworks at new year… they sure can dig…

    • coastingnz says:

      Actually Ziggy (the brown one) hates thunder storms too – I usually end up with a snuggle buggle either by the bed or sometimes in the bed if one comes during the night…..if they come during the day he often hides in the bathroom or in the wardrobe. But at least he doesn’t dig up the gardens! LOL

  4. I love a good thunder and lightning storm, as long as I don’t have to be in the middle of it. I always liked the advice from lightning experts… “Avoid being the tallest thing around.” (grin) Also, Ziggy may have been right to worry about caves. A nearby lightning strike can send electricity shooting along the walls and floors. –Curt

    • coastingnz says:

      aaaahhhh Curt! Wish I knew that before – actually we were just initially sheltering from the rain, weren’t expecting the clap of thunder – thankfully no lightening with this one but noted for next time! LOL

      • 🙂 I was once on a mountain top when a lightning storm hit. Lightning was hitting everywhere and my hair was literally standing on end for the electricity. I never moved faster than I did getting off that mountain. –Curt

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