Winter Sunset walk Bruce Bay to Jacobs River


Climb every mountain, swim every sea……

surging surf bruce bay

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.

Jacobs River beach Bruce Bay

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.

mt cook views in the sunlight bruce bay

Whilst we weren’t climbing the mountain, get some views of Mt Cook we certainly did.

wind swept beach bruce bay

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.

snow capped mountains at jacobs river mouth

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.

jacobs river mountain sunset reflections

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.

jacobs river mountain reflections after the sunset

Mt cook as the sunsets jacobs river

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.

bruce bay beach in the sunset colours

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.

after sunset colours at bruce bay along the beach

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.

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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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14 Responses to Winter Sunset walk Bruce Bay to Jacobs River

  1. Ian Hamlin says:

    Absolutely stunning…oh these images are drawing me back to the Coast….!

  2. Pam says:

    If only we could step into these photos, how blissful that would be. Unique and beautiful area that pulls at the heartstrings of those who have been here.

    • coastingnz says:

      ha-ha – stepping into the photos when they are our hiking photos would sometimes be easier than the hiking Pam lol. It is yet another gorgeous part of the Coast and we thoroughly enjoyed spending some time exploring.

  3. guestnz says:

    Stunning picture and colours with a real sense of the winter season on the coast… Wow!

  4. joshi daniel says:

    wow! this is gorgeous 🙂

  5. Will and Eko says:

    Those sunset mountain shots are gorgeous. Now I just need to win a couple airline tickets to NZ in a raffle and I’m good to go.

  6. Mama says:

    Wow! Wow! & more Wow!!!

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