The West Coast of the South Island is a wild and beautiful slice of New Zealand. It’s been a long time since I’ve been back to my hometown of Greymouth. While the town itself is nothing spectacular, the area surrounding Greymouth is breath-taking.

Dense, dark, green bush.

Rough, white surf smashing onto black sand beaches.

Dramatic, grey, rain-filled skies.

I realise now how spoilt I was growing up with such wonderful scenery. I’ve only really just begun to appreciate my hometown now that I can see it through the eyes of a traveller.

With a few months scheduled back in New Zealand, I want to visit and show Lee and Reuben where I grew up and where my family lived for several generations. I read a lot of travel blogs and have only once seen anything written about the West Coast. I’m eager to share it with my fellow travellers, bloggers and readers.

I asked my friends to send me through their personal photographs from the West Coast. Mostly to add a little fuel to my travel fire but also to show of what a wonderful landscape beholds potential visitors.

Here are the virtual postcards my friends sent me:

Arthur's Pass, En Route from Christchurch to Greymouth

Cheeky Kea - The World's Only Alpine Parrot, Arthur's Pass

Viaduct, Arthur's Pass

Glowworm Dell, Hokitika

View Over the Valley - Bealey Spur Track

Punakaiki Beach

Punakaiki Beach

Pancake Rocks, Punakaiki

Pancake Rocks, Punakaiki

Pancake Rocks, Punakaiki

The Fern - Symbol of New Zealand


Photos used with permission by Mark Sadler, Eva Harris, Amy Murray and Lorraine Howard

Bethaney Davies
A traveller for over ten years, Bethaney started blogging here on Flashpacker Family in early 2012. She founded the site to encourage and inspire travel and travel with small children and to share her own stories from the road.
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  • Lou

    The West Coast is seriously one of my favourite places IN.THE.WORLD. It’s so so amazingly unspoilt,lush, incredible. I took Leigh there a few years ago, and he was so taken aback by the beauty of it. Great photos!

    • Bethaney

      Oh yeah. We’re going over at the end of August for a few days. Should be great!

  • Roger

    Such vieeews! Wasn’t LOTR shot in New Zealand scenery? I really like the shot of the two birds btw.

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