Mountain Magic Atop Mt George

Whenever we do this hike there are two songs that jump straight into my head

hiking the rockface to top of Mt George with sea viewsKnocking on heavens door and sitting on top of the world.

enjoying the views Mt Geoge to Motukeikei Rocks and Tasman SeaSeriously the views from Mt George are boarding on ridiculous.  With some light whispering clouds off on the horizon we can see in all directions.  Friends asked if we could see Australia from up there – if it wasn’t for the haze on the horizon I’d just about say yes – ok so it is a little further away than that but seriously.  I could have sat here all day and soaked it up.

admiring the views from Mt George hike out to Tasman Sea I have to admit there was a lot of huffing and puffing on this expedition – mmm so expedition might be pushing it, but given my current lack of fitness it felt like an expedition.  Turned out we were hiking quite quickly – thank you husband for those kind words of encouragement……

descending the rockface of Mt George with sea viewsThe good thing about hiking with my lovely hubby (obviously there are many good things but this one is important!) is that it involves lots of photo stops.  Well I’d like to think that is the reason we are stopping so often.  Actually it is imperative you stop on the way up to look back and capture the views.  Well not even look back – look all around – we are completely surrounded by ridiculous views.

great coast road views from mt georgeStephen is trying out a new camera lens and it is great as we can zoom in and really capture the essence of the hike for you all to see with us.  Perhaps we should approach the camper van company on this one – they could use it for their marketing. Mt cook views from Mt GeorgeThe Great Coast Road has been named one of the top ten coastal drives in the world by Lonely Planet.  When you’re climbing Mt George it is not hard to see why, glorious coastline on one side, rugged native bush on the other and then there are those views to Mt Cook.   Insane on a day like today.  Actually it is a spectacular drive no matter what the weather but sitting atop Mt George in the sunshine with little or no wind we really do feel like we’re sitting on top of the world and knocking on heavens door.

Jan and Stephen run Breakers Boutique Accommodation on the Great Coast Road north of Greymouth.  They enjoy getting out and about exploring the many wonders of the West Coast and sharing their adventures and discoveries.


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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19 Responses to Mountain Magic Atop Mt George

  1. Fotohabitate says:

    So when I see your pictures, the wonderful Mt. Cook …. It,s really such a stunning place in the world!! I am thankful that I was there… Best regards Simone

  2. Heather teniteni says:

    is that track you went on? it looks great.Lovely view!

  3. Franz says:

    This is probably the advantage if one lives in the paradise and thereby only a short way to heaven’s door has. Beautiful written and fantastic pics as always

  4. Beautiful, as always. Read the other day that there are now so many visitors to New Zealand that the country can’t accommodate them all? –Curt

    • coastingnz says:

      Thanks Curt. And yes – have to plan ahead these days else run the risk of sleeping in ones car…… We don’t want too many tourists though needs to be a fine balance as we don’t have the infrastructure or the funding to cope with them. It is an ongoing issue at the moment.

  5. Mama says:

    Absolutely beautiful narration and photography as usual.It is as if we are right there with you.
    Would love to do that walk with you, but I might be getting a bit ancient. !! 😉😉

    • coastingnz says:

      Thanks Mama. Would love to take you up there. Start training for next Xmas – just need to do that Sandy Point walk with the steps, that will give you some hill training…. 😉

  6. Mama says:

    Yes,that one is a good workout and so close to home 😊

  7. You really do live in an exceptional place

  8. Nikka says:

    Hi! Just wanna tell you that I’m very glad I stumbled upon your blog. I recently moved to Greymouth and this blog has become a personal guide to enjoying the great outdoors in the West Coast. Thank you for putting lovely photos and beautiful narratives together! 🙂

    • coastingnz says:

      oh wow thanks so much Nikka. Exactly one of the reasons we put it together – showcasing our beautiful area and when it is newbies to the area or long time locals discovering things for the first time – even better.

  9. Rachel says:

    This is beautiful! I’m living in Greymouth for the year and want to hike up Mount George but not exactly sure where the trail starts. Can you give me details on that? Thanks so much!

    • coastingnz says:

      Hi Rachel. Some beautiful things to see and do in Greymouth. Have a good read through the blog for some other suggestions. Sometimes even the locals don’t know or appreciate what is at their back door….. access to Mt George is at the top of the 11mile – heading north SH6, cross the one lane bridge across 10 mile creek, up the hill and you’ll come around the corner with house on the left and then another driveway which has a landslip on the right opposite. Park either here on the roadside or a bit further up at the picnic area and walk back to the landslip area, closer to the driveway you’ll see a grey marker post with 54 or 56 or something – I can never remember the number but there is a track leading into the bush. Once you’re in the bush the track is obvious. Stay to the left as you climb up the first section – going to the right ends at the power pole. Unfortunately this trail has been discovered by the local gym group and they walk it in any weather so it can be quite rutted out. Should be good and dry at the moment though. Enjoy. Stop often and soak up the views. Cheers Jan

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