Motukeikei Rocks – a Photographer’s Paradise

motukeikei rocks

Recently we had all of our guests staying two nights and with flexible itineraries on their “free” day and perfect tides we decided to share one of our favourite spots with them all – the Motukeikei Rocks.

views to motukeikei rocks

Maori chief and other rocks motukeikei beach

Off in convoy to our parking spot and secret track we careful made our way down to the beach. With the first sighting of the rocks there were lots of “oohs and aaahs” and “wow” from everyone. Cameras were click, click, clicking frantically. Little further to go and we’re on the beach down amongst the rock formations.

a walk on the motukeikei beach

rabbit rock motukeikei

It was a beautiful morning with clearing skies but enough cloud formations around to make the skies interesting and give the whole scene some depth.

Motukeikei beach

Maori chief off motukeikei

Everyone took their time soaking up the moment and the fantastic views. It is a photographer’s paradise down here and you often see photographers here trying to capture that perfect photo.

photograph time motukeikei beach

enjoying the views motukeikei beach

Aside from the huge rock formations there some wonderful tidal pools. They weren’t as accessible as normal as it was an unusually high low tide but Stephen still managed to pick his way across the rocks to get some good photos of the swimming seaweed and the numerous starfish that get to call this area home.

swimming seaweed motukeikei beach

seaweed motukeikei beach

Motukeikei starfish

Many of the rocks have a covering that looks like green velvet and some of the rock pools a covering to look like green carpet. The contrasts are amazing and the beauty is breath-taking.

green velvet rocks motukeikei beach

green carpet on the motukeikei rocks

Soon we left everyone to their own devices – not before a quick photo shoot with Margaret and June our friends visiting from the US.

Margaret, Jan and June on Motukeikei rocks

Stephen, the boys and myself headed off to the south, back towards Breakers Boutique Accommodation. At this end of the beach there was not another soul – so peaceful and serene.

Jan and boys enjoying a meander on the Motukeikei beach

Nico managed to find himself a water hole to cool down in, while Ziggy was Ziggy at this best and was just enjoying running on the beach – sand between his toes – of course that is us humanising him but I’m sure it does feel good all the same.

Nico enjoying a cooling off motukeikei beach

Ziggy enjoying his run motukeikei beach

The Motukeikei beach never ceases to amaze me – so majestic and such incredible beauty. With shear cliff-faces, sandy beaches towards the rock pools, rock pools, starfish, huge masses of seaweed, towering rock formations and stoney beaches closer to the cliff-faces there is certainly something to satisfy everyone.

stoney beach motukeikei

stoney beaches motukeikei beach

But where is this exactly you’re thinking – well can’t tell you that cos then I’d have to kill you……. it’s our secret spot. Come stay, come play and we’ll share it with you 🙂

Jan and Stephen run Breakers Boutique Accommodation on the Great Coast Road north of Greymouth. The coastal drive from Greymouth to Westport has been voted one of the top ten coastal drives in the world and the West Coast one of the top ten regions to visit in the world by Lonely Planet. Might be time to come and see for yourself just what all the fuss is about.

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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10 Responses to Motukeikei Rocks – a Photographer’s Paradise

  1. Reminds me of our Oregon Coast. Quite beautiful. –Curt


  2. Michael says:

    Your pictures are stunning – well first of all the landscape is so beautiful + the person doing the shots is a “pro”! I have to get myself a new camera (and some training!) and get over to the Westcoast again! Working on this plan… 🙂


    • coastingnz says:

      Thanks Michael. Yes very lucky to have the “pro” photographer and our scenery certainly helps. I’m sure Stephen would be more than happy to help with recommendations for cameras and training when you do come visit – soon!


  3. G&B says:

    Stunning !!!!!!! That’s the good old West Caost for ya. Maybe on OUR next visit huh ????!!!! And yep, the Zigster being the Zigster, switches on at 8 o’clock in the morning, goes all day, then switches off at 8 o’clock at night, can near set your watch by him.


  4. Fergus Gold Post says:

    so wonderful…..! Reminds us of the Oregon Coast US at Cannon Beach…they have a large rock which is known as Haystack Rock….. here is a link:


    • coastingnz says:

      Thanks for the link – helps me get excited about our travels to see the Oregon Coast. So often told that is what our coast line reminds people of – one day will see for ourselves.


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