Breakers boutique bed & breakfast is on the West Coast's Punakaiki Coastline, in the heart of the West Coast and close to all the activities and wonders the area has to offer. Breakers is a great place to base yourself while you take in the stunning scenery, fun and adventures.
Stretching North to South some 600km, the West Coast Region of the South Island of New Zealand is a long, thin piece of paradise no wider than 70km at any one point – about the same distance as from Auckland to Wellington! The wild Tasman Sea pounds its coastline covered in temperate coastal forest, from the red flowered Ratas to the native yellow Kowhai.
From Karamea in the north to Jackson Bay in the south, the area encompasses parts of five of New Zealand's national parks - Kahurangi, Paparoa, Arthur's Pass, Westland and Mt Aspiring.
Teeming with abundant wildlife, including rare kiwi and white heron (kotuku), seal colonies, penguins, dolphins and a variety of unique alpine flora, this region serves as a time capsule, revealing what our country might have looked like before humans arrived some 1000 years ago.
With towering mountains, clear, clean rivers and lakes, vast podocarp forests, temperate coastal forests, diverse wetlands, accessible glaciers, wild beaches and long captivating caves, the West Coast is a wonderland of natural opportunities just waiting to be explored.
Click here for a fantastic independant blog by a visitor New Zealand and to the West Coast - Glowwormtravels
Alternatively checkout Jan and Stephen's blog and see what their latest adventures on the West Coast have entailed - Coastingnz
THINGS TO SEE AND DO CLOSE BY
In Greymouth visit Monteiths Brewery and do a brewery tour.
On Yer Bike 4wd Adventures
Great fun in the mud with quad bikes. Also home of Little Earth – model village of “Waiuta”, historic gold mining town.
Barrytown Knife Making
You get to forge your own blade from red hot steel, and complete your knife with native timber handle, brass bolsters and pins.
Couple of companies and areas to choose from. Greymouth has Wild West Adventures and does caving in and around Dunnolie area. Otherwise take the drive to Charleston for Norwest Adventure cave rafting. Both trips include bush walk and opportunity to view glowworms!
Punakaiki Canoes has canoes for hire to explore the Pororari River – great limestone cliffs and native bush.
Punakaiki horse treks will take you up the Punakaiki River and Valley.
Share in the history of the Coast with an interactive visit to Shantytown. Historic buildings relocated to form replica gold mining town – you can even have a go at gold panning.
Wild West Adventures and Ecotours both offer rafting experiences for all grades and expertise on West Coast rivers.
Arts and Crafts
The West Coast has numerous craft stores and galleries spread along the coastline. One in particular is Punakaiki Crafts in Punakaiki. This has a great assortment of local art and crafts and some of the best coffee on the coast. Great place to stop after viewing the pancakes rocks before heading on with your adventures.
Stephen and Jan are both avid mountain bikers and there are numerous great rides close by or just a short drive away. Firebreak roads, old forestry roads, great single track, gold mining and coal mining areas – explore the history by bike amongst lush rain forest. Great back country adventures to be had. Storage facilities are available for your bikes.
Numerous hikes from short to all day. Point Elizabeth Track, Coal Creek Falls, 10-mile valley walk – all close by.
Arthur's Pass National Park - Just 1.5hours drive to numerous hiking tracks, great mountain biking, and over half dozen ski fields!
Coal mining areas – Rewenui, Springcreek, 10-mile creek... Explore by foot or mountain bike.
Gold mining areas – Goldsborough, Waitua, Big River... Great for hiking and mountain biking, great history and great exploring.
Blackball – historic pub, great hiking and exploring of gold and coal trails, excellent mountain biking.
Fantastic trout and salmon fishing on the numerous river systems and lakes throughout the West Coast – both rod and fly-fishing. Bring your own gear and go exploring or take advantage of one of the many guided trips available. Day licence or full season licences available.
Nine Mile Beach is one of the premier surfing spots on the West Coast. Fantastic left break. Secluded beach so no crowds - busy day is around 5 people!
The Coast Road is fantastic for photographers and painters alike. Fantastic sunsets – sit on the balcony of your room and it is all right there – the Tasman Sea and its ever-changing landscape, with the mountains behind. Stephen is also an avid photographer so he can point you in the right direction for exploring and making the most of the surroundings.
There are numerous golf courses on the West Coast. Greymouth golf course is located at Kaiata, near the Kaiata Scenic Reserve and the Grey River. There are also golf courses up and down the coast at Karamea, Westport, Reefton, Lake Brunner, Moonlight, Ikamatua, Hokitika, Harihari, Whatoroa.