Grey District – Heart of the West Coast


Great Coast road from Mt George

We describe the Grey District as the Heart of the West Coast.  Gateway from Christchurch, gateway to the Great Coast Road, starting place for the West Coast Wilderness Trail and great diversity when it comes to scenery with world-class beaches, beautiful native bush walks and fabulous vistas and that’s not to mention plenty of untold history.

Marty & Connie on bush walk

Our friends Connie and Marty have been visiting from Germany and Stephen took some time out to showcase the best of the district.

views to Tasman Sea from Mt George

Starting with one of our favourite hikes the climb up Mt George.

Mt George views Great Coast Road

Affording views to die for up and down the coastline.

Connie and Marty enjoying Motukeikei beach walk

One of those views was the Motukeikei rocks so it seems only fitting that day two is an exploration of the Motukeikei beach.

Motukeikei beach walk with Connie, Marty & Ziggy

Gorgeous low tides and Ziggy gets to go exploring too.

Waiuta historic gold town

Left to their own devises to explore Coal Creek Falls and Point Elizabeth Stephen then takes them on a trip to Waiuta – historic gold town high in the Victoria Forest inland from Greymouth.

historic house waiuta gold town

This places oozes history and oozes charm.

Connie enjoying Waiuta historic gold town

You can wander round the old township and check out the remaining buildings and relics to give you a reminder of days gone by.

Power station Waiuta bush walk

or take a bush walk – the “road” travelled everyday by these hearty souls and discover the relics left behind in the bush.

cows in the paddock with sunlight

The road getting there is pretty stunning too – not a bad place for a dairy farm……

Nine Mile beach and rocks Greymouth

Back at Breakers and we have the beach right here to meander along and Connie spent a lot of time exploring the beach in search of greenstone and just enjoying her surroundings.

sunet from Rapahoe beach

and to top it all off the West Coast turned on the sunsets each night during their stay too including this one when we popped down to the local pub for dinner.

I’d say all in all Connie and Marty had a great visit to the Grey District – Heart of the West Coast.

Jan and Stephen run Breakers Boutique Accommodation on the Great Coast Road north of Greymouth.  They enjoy getting out and about and showcasing the region with their friends, family and guests to Breakers.  West Coast of the Southern Alps – named by Lonely Planet Best in Travel 2014 as one of the top 10 regions to visit in the world…. wonder 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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10 Responses to Grey District – Heart of the West Coast

  1. Pam says:

    The colours here are so dense and even just driving without stopping (who could do that?) you can’t help but feel a connection, a magnetic pull to stop and look – reach out and touch those beautiful ferns. Most of all it’s those dramatic beaches that always call us back to your part of this beautiful country you guys call home.


  2. coastingnz says:

    I know – with so much to choose from it is hard to pick a favourite, I’m tending towards the beaches though, something about the sea…. I think…. maybe cos really like the bush too 🙂


  3. Jane says:

    Stop posting so many gorgeous pictures of New Zealand when I can’t get over there yet! 😉 Truly, the skies and the seas are amazingly vivid. Love the pics of you two in the sunshine. I didn’t think it was possible to get much of a tan in NZ with all the rain. Obviously I’m wrong. You seem to get plenty of sunshine. When do you get most of your rain in NZ?


    • coastingnz says:

      oh Jane that isn’t us that is Connie and Marty and yes Connie is nicely tanned although Stephen and I have pretty good tans at the moment too. We don’t get that much rain – in fact East Coast is really dry and was boardering on dought until very recently. Most of our rain comes in the Spring – boy does it come in the Spring! Winters are lovely for us on the West Coast anyway – often clear sunny days and not too cold. Looking forward to being able to get out and about exploring myself again.

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  4. I’ll certainly go with that top ten designation from my years of wandering the world. –Curt


  5. bulldog says:

    As much as I love your blog and that includes this one.. with a great share and wonderful photos which we expect from Stephen… I’m not sure we should be talking to each other till after the 24th and we see who wind the cricket battle, then I will either bow in respect or rib the hell out of you… lol


    • coastingnz says:

      lol – our boys are playing so well, proud of their achievements so far but would be awesome if they could take the next step. Was thinking of you today actually – watching footage of Cape Epic mountain bike ride. Now these guys and girls are hardcore but talk about gorgeous scenery! You too live in a very beautiful part of the world. GO THE BLACK CAPS…… 😉

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