Good Morning Sunshine – Mt George for the Sunrise


sunrise Great Coast Road Greymouth

Well we’ve finally done it!  Managed to get ourselves up and out of bed for a pre sunrise walk.  Our mission – hike Mt George to catch the sun rise as she comes up over the mountains.

sun up Great Coast Road Greymouth

Another gorgeous morning to awaken to so we were up and at ’em and hit the ground running.

Great Coast Road views

views great coast road

Our timing couldn’t have been more perfect with some colour along the horizon during our climb.

hiking Mt George trail Great Coast Road

climb mt george greymouth

Just as we reached the top up and over she came.  Fantastic.  What a reward.  If the view wasn’t enough. Yie, yie, yie.

Great Coast Road views to Tasman Sea

Magic morning and magic views – the expanse of the Southern Alps including Mt Cook and Mt Tasman. There was the 12 Apostles mountain range that runs between Greymouth and Rapahoe with waves breaking off the Point Elizabeth and even the very edge of Greymouth coming from the Grey Valley.

Great Coast Road Greymouth

The Great Coast Road in either direction – looking south towards Hokitika or north towards Punakaiki. We could even see our place – still sitting in the shade but the sun catching the breaking waves out front.

Runanga in sunlight

And off in the distance the village of Runanga as the sunshine slowly hit the roof tops with the snow-capped mountains behind.  What a place we live in!  A little slice of paradise.

photographer in action mt geoge and great coast road

Magic – did I say that already – magic, magic, magic.  Could sit up here all day.  Stephen gave the cameras quite the workout – we’d had our exercise and didn’t want them to feel left out.

yoga session atop Mt George great coast road

yoga session mt george

While Stephen worked his magic with the camera, I soaked up the views and did a little yoga session.  Not a bad backdrop for some meditation.

climbing Mt George Great Coast Road Greymouth

Mt George hike Greymouth

Time to start heading back down – we had a full day ahead of us and lots to do, not to mention two boys who were gutted at being left at home and of course our rumbling tummies ready for some breakfast.

Mt George for the sunrise – definitely worth the effort.  Next challenge – to be there for the sunset and do some star-gazing…….. watch this space……

Jan and Stephen run Breakers Boutique Accommodation on the Great Coast Road north of Greymouth.  The Great Coast Road was named one of the top ten coastal drives in the world by Lonely Planet with the West Coast one of the top ten regions to visit in the world. mmmm I wonder why.

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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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2 Responses to Good Morning Sunshine – Mt George for the Sunrise

  1. Michael says:

    Worthwhile getting up early to see that kind of view over the Tasman Sea!

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