Beach View Motels is located in Rapahoe. To learn a little more about Rapahoe and other places of interest close by, please read on…
Rapahoe is a small settlement just 10 minutes north of Greymouth. It is a quiet community with under 50 houses and overlooks a magnificent beach.
The settlement is situated on the West Coast, rated by Lonely Planet as one of the top ten scenic drives in the world.
Rapahoe is on the boundary of the Paparoa National Park, which boasts native forest, limestone cliffs, caves and underground streams.
The Point Elizabeth Walkway leads out to the top of the headland, from where seals and Hector’s dolphins can often be seen. A seal colony is also located on the rocks at the far end of the beach.
The beach itself provides excellent stone-collecting possibilities, with greenstone often found, as well as opportunities for fishing, surfing and safe swimming.
The Greymouth area is just 10 minutes south of Rapahoe and is the main business centre for the West Coast region.
Greymouth and its surrounds offer visitors a wide range of outdoor experiences including Shantytown, quad bike and 4X4 off-road adventures, mountain biking, river and cave rafting, canoeing, caving, climbing, guided walks and tours, scenic flights, helicopter flights, glacier landings, surfing, gold panning and much more.
You will also find jade and bone carving galleries, art galleries and museums. There is also a variety of cafés and restaurants.
Punakaiki is most famous for its Pancake Rocks and Blowholes – both of which are spectacular and a must-see when visiting the West Coast. They are formed by the weathering of layers of limestone and are quite unique.
Punakaiki is also in the middle of the Paparoa National Park. This is managed by the Department of Conservation and has been under their care since 1987.
Punakaiki has a number of coastal walks that will allow you to take a closer look at your surroundings and to walk along the sandy beaches. There are also tracks that lead through the native rainforest so that you can experience the native flora in more detail.
A large number of forest birds such as tui, bellbird and kereru (New Zealand pigeon) migrate seasonally between coastal and upland forests.
Beach View Motels
13 Morpeth Street
Phone: (03) 762 7805
Freephone: (0800) 232 248