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