Magic in the Mountains – Mt George for the Sunset and Stars

sunset Great Coast Road Greymouth

Yie yie yie.

There are times in one’s life when you just can’t describe the experience it is so magical.  This is one of those life experiences.

sunsetting Mt George Greymouth

Stephen and I headed off on a trip of a lifetime.  No not an overseas holiday somewhere.  I’ve been told by friends there is no need when you already live in paradise and I’m starting to believe them.

sun down Great Coast Road Mt George Greymouth

Best thing about this trip of a lifetime – it’s in our own backyard and we can do it whenever we like.

climbing mt george

In a recent blog I mentioned “watch this space” for a sunset walk up Mt George.  Well we did it.  Backpacks loaded with warm clothing, food, lights for the hike back down and plenty of camera gear. Off we headed.

Mt George on sun down Great Coast Road Greymouth

Even though we’ve done this hike before and quite recently at that,  it was like a whole new hike.  Normally we’re heading up the mountain with the sun in our eyes but doing the walk late afternoon we had the sun at our back and it really highlighted the trail.  The colours were amazing with golden hues streaming through.

Mt George for sunset Greymouth

We’ve always known when hiking up Mt George that we were climbing a ridgeline with steep drop-offs but with the sun in your eyes you don’t really notice it.  Well it is a whole new ball game with the sun at your back….. ridgeline yes indeed, steep drop-offs yikes!  Don’t get your footing wrong – this is unforgiving terrain.

Mt George sunset Great Coast Road

sunset skies Great Coast Road from Mt George Greymouth

All good though the views more than make up for it. We reach the top and settle down to watch the sun set.  Let the lighting show begin.  Wow – the horizon was just a layer of colours – blue from the sea, going into orange, pink, yellow, green and shades of blue high  into the sky.  It was amazing and a sight to behold. Talk about feeling blessed.

starry skies Mt George Greymouth

It is surprising how once the sun sets how light it still is as your eyes adjust and the stars start to make their appearance.

star lit skies Mt George Greymouth

Carefully we make our way down to the next ledge to set up camp for our star-gazing. Set up camp…. yeah right, I just lay on the ground with my nice warm puffer jacket and Stephen’s puffer jacket over my legs – snug and cosy.  Stephen had another puffer jacket on but he was keeping himself warm with his photography. Then we just sat and watched and soaked up the views for a bit.

star lit skies

I’d made some sushi for the trip since we knew we were going to be up here for a while. So we enjoyed our dinner with the most magic of views and star lit skies. Almost sounds romantic doesn’t it.

starlit skies Great Coast Road Greymouth

Time to sit back and watch the show. More and more stars popped out. Satellites zoomed above us and there were even a couple of late night flights – no doubt filled with people heading off for their great adventure while ours was happening right here in front of us.  We both saw a couple of shooting stars one of which Stephen managed to capture with the camera.

starry skies Great Coast Road Greymouth

Time is marching on and as much as we’d like to stay up here we do have to make our way down in the dark with just the aid of our mountain bike night lights and knowing how steep the trail is with those lovely drop-offs we’re guessing it is going to be a slow and careful trip down so have to get going.

Actually there was no need for apprehension for the hike down, turned out to be one of the easiest trips down the mountain with our lights highlighting the trail brilliantly and we were back down safe and sound before we knew it.

To say our sunset/star lit trip was mind-blowing well I’m so not exaggerating here.  This really was a lifetime experience and the best thing is I got to experience it with my best friend – my hubby.

With a full moon due soon I’m thinking of a new challenge…… Mt George in the moonlight…… mmmmmm

Jan and Stephen run Breakers Boutique Accommodation on the Great Coast Road north of Greymouth.  They enjoy getting out and about exploring this lovely region and showing the many wonders that help make it one of the reasons Lonely Planet named the West Coast one of the top ten regions in the World to visit.

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 Magic in the Mountains – Mt George for the Sunset and Stars

  1. “Almost sounds romantic doesn’t it.” Yep. 🙂


  2. bulldog says:

    I am beginning to believe you live in paradise… beaut… loved this post…


  3. coastingnz says:

    Thanks Rob – was certainly pinching myself this week with some wonderful experiences – right here at home 🙂


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