Weekend Visit – Exploring the Grey District

Recently we had my parents and Aunty come and visit from Invercargill for a long weekend.

Always keen to showcase this beautiful region we live in and send them home knowing exactly why I decided to make the move here to the West Coast we filled their time with lots of little adventures.

nine mile beach great coast road greymouth

Day one was just about being here really and catching up.  A walk on the beach is always a must, especially for first time visitors.

Day two and the real adventures began…….

looking into trailrace on woods creek track grey district

First up back out to Woods Creek in the back of Greymouth.  Stephen and I had only been here earlier in the week but it is so fascinating and the bush walk so beautiful we thought it was a great place to take our visitors.

down the stairs to the virgin forest of woods creek track west coast

The history on this walk is fantastic following the tailrace from the gold mining days of the late 18oos.  With mature regenerated native forest and virgin native forest it is an overwhelming sight for the eyes to take it.

tunnel walk through tailrace woods creek track greymouth

Managed to talk everyone in to exploring one of the tunnels and that was super fun as was the swingbridge.  My Aunty wasn’t particularly keen on either but she was brave and forged ahead – a great accomplishment to add to her adventure.

enjoying views to rock formations motukeikei beach

Home for lunch and then we’re off again but this time for a beach walk at Motukeikei beach just to the north of us.  With perfect tides it was a must to share with our visitors.

motukeikei beach great coast road

The rock formations are amazing as are the towering cliffs above us.  We walked the full length of the beach down to the 10 mile creek and the impressive hole in the rock.

Such a beautiful day it was lovely to be out in the sunshine.

greymouth motorcycle street race

Day 3 and we’re splitting up.  Dad and Stephen head into town for the day to watch the Greymouth Motorcycle annual street racing.

greymouth motorcycle street race moto riders

Another gorgeous day and fabulous watching the bikes races around the street.

pancake rock formations with aunty terroll

Meanwhile Mum, Aunty Terroll and I take a drive north to Punakaiki for a walk around the pancake rock formations.

enjoying the rock formations at pancake rocks

The views out around the rocks are fantastic and the rocks are so incredibly interesting.

Truman Track - native rain forest

A little further up the road and we take a walk on the Truman Track.  Named one of New Zealand’s best short walks it is a lovely walk of contrasts – first through the sub-tropic native rain forest……..

Jan on Truman Track with waterfall in background

and then down to the gorgeous little beach – set in a cove of limestone and hanging waterfalls.  We find some weirdo down there near the waterfall………

Nico enjoying a walk on the nine mile beach

We finish our day with yet another walk on the beach back at home.  Dinner is well rewarded on that evening!

Final day and before we take everyone to the airport for their flight home we have some more time to kill and things to see.

kumara entance sign

We head out to Kumara for a walk to the historic Londonderry Rock.  A massive rock left by the gold miners because it was just too large to move for their mining purposes.  The short bush walk alone is worth the trip before this massive boulder appears before you.

tailings kumara near londonderry rock

There is a little side-walk that takes you back to the Kumara village but we only head 5 or so minutes along the track as we want to show Mum, Dad and Aunty Terroll the expanse of gold mine tailings stacks piled high that go for miles.  It is incredible to think this was all moved by hand.

historic swimming baths kumara

Last stop and it is the historic swimming baths site just outside of Kumara.  One of our favourite little pieces of West Coast and in fact New Zealand history.

Time to get to the airport and say our goodbyes.  It has been a wonderful couple of days – enjoyed the visit from the parents and my Aunty and loved showing them our backyard.  I suspect they headed home for some well deserved R & R!

Jan and Stephen run Breakers Boutique Accommodation on the Great Coast Road north of Greymouth.  They enjoy getting out and about and exploring the West Coast and love sharing their backyard with friends, family and visitors to the region – so much to see and do.



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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7 Responses to Weekend Visit – Exploring the Grey District

  1. Couldn’t ask for better tour guides. Love that shot of the pathway through the darkness.


  2. Mama says:

    I wish my camera wasn’t on vidio when I took the photoghraph of you & Terroll hugging the huge totara tree on Trumans Track. Was such a great shot. will just have to do it again!! I seem to recognise the ‘weirdo’!!!! Was a fantastic few days we spent with you, & Terroll just hasn’t stopped talking about it.xox


    • coastingnz says:

      I know – that was a bummer but yes we will just have to do it again 🙂 Love your visits and was wonderful to share our wee piece of paradise with Aunty Terroll too. Ps it is a Rimu tree 🙂 xo


  3. Mama says:

    I knew that,so why did I say totara. A senior moment perhaps!!!!

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  4. vinneve says:

    I’ve never been there… beautiful to walk around.


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