On the Rocks – Nine Mile Beach, Greymouth

Nine Mile beach Greymouth

Not only are we beachfront, often with a West Coast beach all to ourselves but we also have a great rock pool outcrop just off the beach, exposed at low tide.

rock pools nine mile beach greymouth

The tide of late has been extremely low – in fact I don’t think we’ve seen so many of the rocks exposed.  They have been there perhaps but I think caked in sand, certainly not as accessible or pretty looking as currently.

We’ve made the most of it and headed out onto the rocks for our walk the last couple of afternoons.

reflections in the rock pools nine mile beach

bull kelp on the rocks nine mile beach greymouth

There is always an abundance of mussels covering the rocks and plenty of starfish.  Since we are further out on the rocky outcrop we’ve also been able to get up close and personal with the bull kelp that clings to the larger rocks where the sea smashes in.

smashing waves rock pools nine mile beach

It is gorgeous out here – really peaceful.  With little wind and a reasonable calm sea it is actually quite quiet with just the sound of that final wave pounding against the rocks and the flow of water streaming in the channels of the rocks where it can.

starfish in the rock pools nine mile beach greymouth

Some of the rock pools offer wonderful reflections with the clear water and bright starfish.

Ziggy fishing nine mile beach

Other rock pools are a source of wonderment for the dogs, especially Ziggy.  He seems fixated by something he thinks he has seen in the water turning into our “Paw fisherman”.  They may be source of wonderment for Ziggy but he is a source of amusement for us.  If something did move in the water he would run a mile as fast as he could – not known for his bravery our boy.

watching Ziggy nine mile beach

Nico and I just enjoy sitting here and watching with amusement.  Honestly on nights like this I could just sit here all evening, it is so relaxing.  Time to head back up though – haven’t had dinner yet and the tide is slowly making her way back in.  It’s nice out here but don’t really want to get stuck……..

Jan and Stephen run Breakers Boutique Accommodation on the Great Coast Road north of Greymouth.  They enjoy getting out and about exploring the many wonders of the West Coast, especially the beautiful yet ever-changing Nine Mile Beach, right in front of them.


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 On the Rocks – Nine Mile Beach, Greymouth

  1. Pam says:

    Jan, those starfish are magnificent. They look huge. I’d love to see them next time we’re back your way. There’s nothing like having heaps of space to yourself. It’s a special kind of luxury.

  2. Jane says:

    Just gorgeous, gorgeous images! OH, i do miss the beach. i spent some years living in a quiet coastal town and loved investigating the rock pools for creatures. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen a live starfish!

  3. LuAnn says:

    Your photos really seem to take me there…beautiful! 🙂

  4. I can lose myself in tide pools. 🙂 –Curt

  5. G&B says:

    Even when he’s “normal” he looks like a goof-ball, his brother on the other hand ………….. Look forward to our next visit and outing with The Boys

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