Climb every mountain, swim every sea……
well ok so we’re not going to be doing that but we love seeing our mountains and definitely aim to walk as many beaches along the West Coast as we possibly can.
Bruce Bay in South Westland is a very special place and we were lucky enough to have a couple of nights there recently.
Thanks to John from Mahitahi Lodge he recommended a walk along the beach towards Jacobs River to catch the last of the sunset and get some views of Mt Cook.
Whilst we weren’t climbing the mountain, get some views of Mt Cook we certainly did.
The walk along the beach alone was worth it – so stunning. A really sandy beach lined with gorgeous windswept Rimu trees and NZ flax bush. Tide was coming in so the pounding sea into the surf was a sight to behold in itself.
As we neared the mouth of the Jacobs River the mountains opened up behind. The river is more like a lagoon at the river mouth and with the high tide we were afforded wonderful contrasts with the water and the freshly snow capped mountains.
This is a popular whitebait river so the river edge is dotted with whitebait stands and huts – sitting and waiting for the upcoming season when the banks of this river will be packed with hopeful whitebaiters.
On this lovely winter evening though, we had it all to ourselves. Catching the last of the sun on Mt Cook and then the colours coming down into the waters of the lagoon.
This is probably my favourite time of the night and although we still had to walk back along the beach it is surprising just how much light there is once the sun has gone down.
Next time don’t close the curtains or look away once the sun sets. Stick it out and watch the light show on the horizon or in the mountains – trust me it is worth it!
Jan and Stephen run Breakers Boutique Accommodation on the Great Coast Road north of Greymouth. They enjoy getting out and about and exploring as much of this beautiful region they are lucky enough to call home – West Coast of the Southern Alps.