Bruce Bay and the Drive Home


One final leg to get home after our trip down south last weekend. We spent the night at Bruce Bay in South Westland – about an hour north of Haast and 40 minutes south of Fox Glacier.

Bruce Bay bach gardens

After awaking to a gorgeous morning while I pack up Stephen takes a walk around Bruce Bay.

The little road at the back of our bach is gorgeous with the last of the autumn flowers.

bach at Bruce Bay

Bruce Bay is a little seaside village with a permanent population of just 6 residents but has many small baches and is popular for fishermen and hunters.

Bruce Bay hall

The hall serves many purposes and I’m sure it has lots of stories to tell from the various events held over the years.  Small town halls struggle to survive these days so it is great to see this one looks like it is still used and an important part of the community today.

Mahahiti Lodge Gardens

We call in to see our friends Jacqui and John from Mahitahi Lodge.  This bed and breakfast is beautiful, very warm and inviting with lots of wood inside.  I could just settle down by the fire for the day with a good book to read but home is a calling.

Bruce Bay

Time to hit the road but not before a quick stop on the beach at Bruce Bay – named by AA as one of the favourite beaches of New Zealanders.

bruce bay walk on the beach with the dogs

The boys enjoyed the run before the last of the drive home.

bruce bay river and Nico

Come on kids in the car – its home time!

South westland

south westland farmland and mountains

The drive home is quite spectacular with the fresh snow on the mountains, the beautiful green paddocks and love seeing “the girls” heading to milking.

Oh I do love to be on the West Coast, oh I do love to be beside the sea……

Just as a side note with no relevance to this blog at all but by the time one of our followers reads this he should be newly married so a huge congratulations to Will and Emily.  Wishing you both all the very best. xo

Jan and Stephen run Breakers Boutique Accommodation on the Great Coast Road north of Greymouth.  They enjoy getting out and about and exploring the region and sharing their adventures and discoveries.

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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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4 Responses to Bruce Bay and the Drive Home

  1. Pam says:

    What a stunning time of year to travel through the West Coast. Wish more travellers knew about this. Less people on the road as well. Lovely blog Jan and as always, Stephen’s photos make us feel like we’re right there with him, looking through the lens.

    • coastingnz says:

      It is gorgeous. Actually April has been quite busy with travelers so maybe word is getting out there. Lovely to get the contrasts of the green native forest on the West Coast and the changing autumn colours through Central Otago. Can’t wait to go back to Bruce Bay sometime over our winter for more of an explore so watch this space 🙂

  2. bulldog says:

    What were you not invited to the wedding?… great photos as usual… everything still looks brilliantly green… getting yellow here…

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