Hard to beat a walk on the beach and a sandy beach at that. We are so blessed here on the West Coast of the South Island – mile after mile after mile of beautiful beaches I don’t think some of the locals realise what they have at their doorstep.
However we do!
Today’s beach walk Motukeikei. It is a huge contrast to our own beach here at Breakers, Nine Mile beach. Our beach is predominately a stony beach with scrub land and native bush.
Motukeikei is sandy with huge bluffs towering above and wonderful rock formations out to sea. You can let your imagination run wild with the formations and the shapes they make.
There are three main ways onto the Motukeikei beach and it can pretty much only be accessed at low tide – Nine Mile beach, 12 mile beach or the “secret” track.
We have Stacy visiting from Switzerland and she is keen for an explore. She tried her hand at the Nine Mile beach but although it was low tide the tide wasn’t low enough to allow access from this end so into the car we piled and headed for the “secret” trail.
Down the trail and soon enough the rock formations appear in all their glory and onto the beach. I’m always blown away when the rock formations appear – one minute you’re minding your footing coming down the steep trail and next minute this mind blowing beach and rocky outcrop appears before you.
With warnings of watch out for the incoming tide, Stacy heads north to explore and we head south.
It is a moody day down on the beach with wonderful cloud formations – some very black ones to the north and lots of blue skies looking south.
The boys enjoy the sand under their feet for a change and Ziggy runs like a puppy possessed – oh no wait, he is lol
It is gorgeous down here but we have to take care ourselves of the incoming tide. Thank goodness for sand-shoes as try as we might we are soon engulfed by some of the waves. I always say it is Mother Nature having a good laugh – watching and waiting to see who she can get wet – and just how wet!
We meet back up with Stacy – everyone aware that the tide is coming in fast as are the black clouds looming. Stephen has done most of this photo shoot in black and white so you’ll just have to trust me on this fact!
No matter the weather though and no matter the tide always love exploring the Motukeikei beach. Thanks for the motivation Stacy 🙂
Jan and Stephen run Breakers Boutique Accommodation on the Great Coast Road north of Greymouth. They enjoy getting out and exploring and sharing their piece of paradise that is the West Coast of the Southern Alps with guests staying at Breakers.