17 Mile Beach Walk, Great Coast Road

It’s Sunday morning and we’re in need of a beach walk fix.  I know what you’re thinking – we live on a beach so just head on down – well as much as we love our beach we also love exploring other beaches and we have numerous options all within spitting distance of home – so why not go and explore.

17 mile beach

Today’s beach walk is the 17 mile beach.  It isn’t a huge low tide but looking back to the south the rocks are exposed as we’ve never seen them before.  One of the many things we love about the beaches on the West Coast – they are constantly changing.

17 mile beach and boney rocks

17 mile beach great coast road

After about 2 minutes on the stony beach we are soon scrambling amongst the rocky outcrop.  Stephen comments it looks like a boneyard – something harking back from the Jurassic age.  You could imagine this as a cemetery for the dinosaurs, the shape and sizes of the rocks looking like skeletons and bones discarded on the beach.

17 mile beach and moody skies

17 mile beach with storm brewiing on the horizon

Ok so maybe we’re letting our imaginations run a little wild but that is part of the fun of exploring, well we think so anyway.  Besides it is super moody here today with dark clouds looming on the horizon.  Supposed to be clearing but the skies are looking quite ominous so we need to keep on eye on the weather.

17 mile beach and crashing waves

Stephen and I both become fixated on a particular rock that every now and again the waves crash against sending spray in all directions like an explosion.  Of course waiting with the camera it only happens every time Stephen looks away.  Finally though perseverance pays off and a crashing wave is caught in action.

17 mile bone yard beach

So too though is the incoming black cloud and we decide it is probably best to start making our way back to the car.  Don’t really fancy getting caught in a downpour.

Well it would seem for once in our lives we’ve timed our walk to perfection.  With the dogs safely back in the car we close the car doors and whammo the heavens open and down the rain comes.  We sit there for a minute (ok few seconds) kinda of just nodding to ourselves and then look at each other with a grin – whew that was lucky.  Think a nice hot cuppa is in order.

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 with their faithful fur friends Nico and Ziggy.






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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8 Responses to 17 Mile Beach Walk, Great Coast Road

  1. Pat says:

    A rocky coast and an imminent storm make for wonderfully moody pictures! Well done Stephen. Glad you and the kids didn’t get soaked, it must have been a little chilly out there. 🙂


  2. I love the crashing waves. I can almost hear it.


    • coastingnz says:

      Thanks – there were some really big ones coming in and we seemed to continually catch them when didn’t have the camera ready. Finally got one before we had to make a run for it with the closing weather.


  3. Mama says:

    Love the black & white photography. Awesome as always. 🤗

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Fotohabitate says:

    Wow! Rocky beaches in black and white. I love it!

    Liked by 1 person

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