Gibson Beach, Cape Foulwind

swimming cape foulwind

aaaahhhh – yikes that is cold Stephen yells.  We’re in a remote little bay at Cape Foulwind and Stephen thought it looked like the ideal place for a swim in the sea.  Turns out it is just a little too chilly – has to be pretty cold for Stephen to be turned off, he’s a water baby this boy.

carpark and cliff tops cape foulwind walkway

Cape Foulwind is one of the first sights Captain Cook made of New Zealand – aptly named by him as the wind just kept pushing him away and he struggled to get around the point.

Track to Gibson beach

Not a worry for us today though and with a much earned night off it is our home base for the night – yes we replaced one beach spot with another but we can do that here on the West Coast 🙂

sandy beaches cape foulwind

Our evening walk took us down to Gibson beach – quite the contrast from our more stoney beach at home, this one has a lot of sand and huge towering cliffs above.  There are great rock formations too and we were hoping with the low tide we could get around further to explore some of the next coves heading towards Westport.

rock hopping cape foulwind

It involves a bit of rock hopping but we are well used to that with the rocks off from the beach at Breakers.

carpet of green moss cape foulwind

There are carpets of green moss clinging to some of the rock faces – looks like velvet but no – it doesn’t feel like velvet…… bit slimy and squelchy.  Beautiful though and the cliffs towering above us are just majestic.  After Stephens swimming efforts we turn around and head back to the sandy beach.

hole in the rock gibson beach

Through the hole in the rock to the lighthouse end of Gibson Beach.  Love this beach – it is such a contrast from one side to the other.  You obviously have to get your timing right – can’t get through here on an incoming tide.

Sandy shores of Gibson beach

Out the other side though and you get great views out to the sea and the steeples rock formations and back towards the point.  With the occasional waves washing up you get lovely reflections from the flat sandy beach.

towering cliffs of Gibson beach

There are small rock pools and the changing light and sun bounces off them.  We could stay down here for hours but we haven’t had dinner yet and the pub stops serving food soon so time for us to make a move back towards the track up.  Last thing I want is to miss out on dinner.  You all know my stomach rules!

Gorgeous evening though and nice end to the day.

Jan and Stephen run Breakers Boutique Accommodation on the Great Coast Road north of Greymouth.  They enjoy getting out and about and exploring the many hidden treasures to be found on the West Coast – named by Lonely Planet Best in Travel 2014 as one of the top 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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14 Responses to Gibson Beach, Cape Foulwind

  1. Sounds like a well-earned day off. Beautiful photos as always. –Curt

  2. Bushbaer says:

    Hunger is worse than homesickness

  3. Jane says:

    Stunning shots as usual! What a beautiful escape.

  4. Michael Nees says:

    Cape Foulwind, what a neat spot! Guess there is so much to explore. You really have to live in the area to appreciate it all.

  5. bulldog says:

    You miss food.?? Couldn’t be… This is an amazing post… the photos?? My oh my.. absolute perfection….

  6. joshi daniel says:

    wide and beautiful 🙂

  7. G&B says:

    Far out !!! The moss looks like it’s back lit, it’s fantastic, never seen it like that before.

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