Motukiekie Beach and Rocks – Photography Heaven

Motukiekie Beach and Rocks seems to be becoming world-renowned.  It used to be a little secret only known by dedicated West Coasters and their friends – and maybe their family, and maybe some of their friends – and maybe some of their family…… you see where I’m heading with this.  Word is out!

Ziggy and Dean at Motukiekie beach out on the rocks

Stephen headed down recently with a photographer friend of ours.  Tides were perfect and Dean hadn’t been down on sunset before to see what all the fuss was about.

starfish on the rocks at Motukiekie beach Great Coast Road

rocky shoreline and cliffs motukiekie beach

Well there is a lot of fuss.  The Motukiekie Beach has to be one of the premiere spots to catch the sunset.  Made famous internationally thanks to an award-winning photo in National Geographic, everyone and anyone now seems to want to head on down and chance their arm at getting that very same photo.  Personally I don’t understand the concept of wanting the same photo when there is so much opportunity to capture your own unique take on the scenery.  It’s not like the light is going to be exactly the same or the sun in exactly the same spot or the tide be out exactly the same distance – is it, or is that just me……

photographers at Motukiekie beach on sunset

Anyway I digress as I often tend to do.  This latest excursion for Stephen was no exception regarding the number of people down on the beach.  Here on the West Coast we are more used to having either the beach to ourselves or just sharing with the odd couple.  Not Motukiekie though, not in the busy tourist season anyway.

photographers out on the rocks at sunset motukiekie beach

In all fairness it is nice to see people enjoying our beautiful West Coast scenery and wanting to capture it and not just take selfies – oh what’s with that phenomenon?!!

photographers photographing photographer at motukiekie beach and rocks on sunset

The majority of the visitors on the beach seemed to be from Asia and they were having a ball.  Most of all though I think they enjoyed watching Stephen and Dean.  They seemed to find what they were doing most fascinating.  Stephen got many a photo of them all taking their beach and sunset photos but also the odd photo or two of them taking photos of Stephen and Dean – very humorous.

motukiekie beach on sunsetMotukiekie beach and rocks as the tide comes in

Once the sun went down the beach was soon deserted again.  Every one seems to know  the “golden hour”  of the sunset but the same can’t be said of the “blue hour” – the hour after the sun has actually gone down.  That can be when you can get your best photos and tonight was no exception.  It was worth staying on and waiting it out.  The boys were well rewarded – but then did have to make a run for it with the incoming tide.  All in all though a successful couple of hours at the Motukiekie beach for sunset.

Jan and Stephen run Breakers Boutique Accommodation on the Great Coast Road north of Greymouth.  A paradise for photographers Breakers is a great place to spend a few days and make the most of the location.




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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11 Responses to Motukiekie Beach and Rocks – Photography Heaven

  1. Pat says:

    This would be a great place to be whether you were taking pictures or not. Gorgeous! And I love your orange sea stars. I’ve noticed them in Stephen’s photos before. They are a wonderful contrast on the dark rock.

  2. Pam says:

    I’ve always known about the ‘golden hour’ but the ‘blue hour’ is a new one to me. Guess you’d have to have Stephen’s photographic skills to do justice to those. Good to hear about the hidden and not-so-hidden treasures on the beautiful West Coast..

    • coastingnz says:

      We’ll take you out next visit Pam for the “blue hour” – amazing how the colour stays in the skies after sunset. I suspect you’ll be very talented at capturing some great shots for yourself 😉

  3. Mama says:

    Absolutely stunning !! as always. Narration and photoghraphy. 😉

  4. Beautiful as always! And I am agree. Take photographs of what fascinates you. But maybe you can learn by taking similar photographs to what the pros (including Stephen) have taken and comparing your efforts. –Curt

    • coastingnz says:

      I know what you mean re comparing but I don’t know that that is actually what they are doing. Seems a shame too to be so focused on that particular photo and missing out on the rest of what is happening around you.

      • I didn’t carry a camera for years because I didn’t want to detract from my wilderness experience. Now I do, and it does. 🙂 But afterwards I have the memories. They always used to fade away. So there are trade offs. And I agree, looking around and finding what excites you has to be much more rewarding than trying to copy something that someone else has done. –Curt

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