The Drive Home – Great Coast Road, Westport to Greymouth

views to Tasman Sea cape foulwind walkway

After a recent little breakway to Cape Foulwind near Westport, it was soon time to head for home.  It is a gorgeous drive following State Highway 6 – the coastal route from Westport to Greymouth aka us!  This drive was named one of the top ten coastal drives in the world by Lonely Planet and we’re lucky enough to have it right at our back door – so to speak.

With some time to spare we before we were due back for our guest check-ins we made a few little stops along the way.


First up we stopped in Charleston – on the back Beach Road.  You could easily miss this if you didn’t know it was here – and we often by-pass it just because we’re on a mission to get from A to B but with time on our hands it made a great stop – especially with some lunch with us we needed a nice place to eat without leaving crumbs in the car.


The tide was heading out but the waves out at sea were still huge and it was impressive just sitting and watching them break.  There must be a couple of big rocks just out off the point and when the waves hit – wahoo! impressive.  Not a day for swimming that’s for sure.


Sandwich eaten we took a walk along the beach to the end where the Nile River meets the sea.  So beautiful in here and the water is black as black so you know it is pretty deep.  Would make a great swimming hole in the summer.  Ziggy thinks it would make a great swimming hole now – or fishing hole.  Any body of water and he is keen to investigate – that tail is the give away.

Back to the car and on with our journey towards home.  After Charleston the road winds through some lovely beech forest before meeting the Tasman Sea and following the coastline towards Punakaiki.

beaches along Great Coast Road

With the Paparoa National Park on one side of the road and the Tasman Sea on the other, it is a feast for the eyes.


With a bit of time still up our sleeve before we need to be home we make one final stop at Fox River.  There is a huge expanse of white pebbled beach back to the north and when the tide is right you can cross the river to access the beach to the south.  The river looks perfect for just that so cross we do.


There are huge limestone cliffs and rock formations and great stretches of sandy beach.  With the incoming waves they leave wonderful reflections.

The clouds are slowly closing in so the light has completely changed from our morning start at Cape Foulwind making it look a little more dramatic and adding to the atmosphere of the area.


We can’t stay long for this stop – just long enough for a quick stroll and to eat our lunch dessert – fresh apple turnovers – yummo!  It’s all about the food these stops you realise……

Time for home and back to reality but it was nice to be out and about and exploring our “home”.

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.



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 The Drive Home – Great Coast Road, Westport to Greymouth

  1. Fun shot of Ziggy disappearing. And beautiful photos as always. –Curt


  2. Ian Hamlin says:

    It’s gotta be the best coastal drive there is in my view!


  3. If you have to drive home, that’s certainly a nice way to do it! For those that work in the area it must make the commute a bit less painful.


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