The Great Coast Road – a Beach Walk

views to southern alps great coast road

Summer time and the living is easy…… nope too early but wow it sure feels like summer today.

Clear blue skies, sun is shining and it is warm.  There is still a cool breeze but when you’re in the shelter from the wind the temperatures are very tropical – relatively speaking of course.

beaches along Great Coast Road

We’re off for a beach walk.  Again I hear you say.  When you live on the Great Coast Road you are spoiled for choice with beaches so stands to reason that’s what we’re up to today.

After a short drive to the north of home we park up along the roadside at about the 15 mile.  It really is around 15 miles from Greymouth so we keep things really simple when naming places.  Actually I read the other day it stems from the gold mining rush of the 1800s when describing where gold claims were – this one was, well yep, 15 miles from Greymouth 🙂

breaking surf great coast road with mountain views

No gold here today – well there will be but that isn’t what we’re here for.  We’re just here to walk and enjoy the views.  Yes the views – views to die for!

That’s the Southern Alps you can see with Mt Cook and Mt Tasman looming also.  Fab eh!

great coast road west coast nz

The Great Coast Road has been named one of the top ten coastal drives in the world by Lonely Planet.  We’d like to say we know why – we live here, we’re not bias.  But seriously it really is beautiful and some would say has to be seen to be believed.

There are numerous opportunities to access the various beaches are they are all quite different – some stoney, some sandy, some with huge rocky outcrops, other with sheer cliff-faces.

Ok, so that’s the marketing spiel done back to our walk…….

great coast road views along beach

surging waves great coast road

We walk to the north initially – pretty much to the 17 mile where there is a huge sheer cliff-face that the road winds its way up around.

17 mile beach great coast road

There are some craggy rocks looming out of the sea and on the edge of the beach and with the incoming tide the surf is pounding around the rocks so we need to be mindful of our way so we don’t get stranded.

seal relaxing great coast road

There are seals lazing in the sunshine – and why not on this gorgeous Spring day.

mountain views great coast road

mt cook and mt tasman views great coast road

Time to head back and this is really when the views open up – all the way south with the snow capped mountains in the back ground – wow!

It’s a tough life but someone has to do it…….

Jan and Stephen run Breakers Boutique Accommodation on the Great Coast Road north of Greymouth.  The Great Coast Road was named one of the top ten coastal drives in the world by Lonely Planet and the West Coast one of the top 10 regions to visit in the world – and it is right on their doorstep.




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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2 Responses to The Great Coast Road – a Beach Walk

  1. Pat says:

    Speechless. Just … WOW!

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