Stormy Beach Walk

stormy sky stormy seas

stormy skies

If it is possible for a beach to be both incredibly scary yet incredibly beautiful at the same time then today was that day. Taking advantage of a break in the stormy weather and being mindful of having two very bored dogs, we hightailed it down to the beach for some fresh air.

stormy seas

pounding surf on stormy beach

Meandering along a safe distance from the pounding surf, minding my own business looking for washed up greenstone and playing fetch with Ziggy until – run, run, run, in comes a huge set of waves. Darn I’m sure the tide was heading out!

stormy skies and seas

foaming stormy seas

foaming beaches

One of those classic Mother Nature moments – reminding us she is the boss and always will be, sending angry waves up, chasing us up the bank but not before a little bit of surf enters the top of my gumboots – great now I’ve got wet feet…… It is all worth it though. I can say that now since we safely made it out of reach of the jaws of terror!

foam on stones from stormy seas

The cloud formations after all the rain are fantastic. Brilliant shapes, brilliant colours. Ah Mother Nature you sure do know how to turn it on.

cloud storms and seas

stormy clouds

Not to tempt fate we head back up the track – dinner time for the boys. We’re all satisfied with our allocation of fresh air and excitement for one day.

Jan and Stephen run Breakers Boutique Accommodation on the Great Coast Road north of Greymouth. Voted one of the top ten coastal drives in the world by Lonely Planet and one of the top ten regions in the world to visit – we know why!


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 Stormy Beach Walk

  1. Pam says:

    Wow Jan, this blog has really captured the essence and wild beauty of a West Coast Beach. (I betcha Nico and Ziggy laugh at fear!).


    • coastingnz says:

      Thanks Pam – and yes for Nico but not so much for Ziggy. Nico is like his “father” and Ziggy is more like me – which is probably a good thing, helps keep him safe and Nico is generally – I say generally, pretty sensible.


  2. bulldog says:

    These photos say so much of the west coast… our west coast gets that same foamy scud that sometimes pours into the streets of Cape Town… but that sky of yours is just so well captured in the photos… kudos to Stephen once again… some of those would look good in frames and hung on the wall…


    • coastingnz says:

      They would indeed Rob – in fact that is just what we are doing. Revamping many of our rooms and updating our art work with Stephens photos on canvas. The boys particularly love the foamy beach walks – makes them look like they have gumboots on or knee length socks LOL


  3. Gorgeous, dramatic photos. I love it when the skies have such drama.


  4. ivonne90 says:

    Looks like It’s the right time to take a outdoor foam bath, or washing the Gumboots from inside.
    Absolute great pics and words. 🙂


    • coastingnz says:

      Thank you! It was so lovely – but quite scary too. I didn’t stay as long as Stephen down there this time – the waves were so angry and unpredictable. Good to have a healthy respect for the sea at all times.


  5. joshi daniel says:

    they are simply awesome 🙂


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