Cobden beach is an excellent spot to sit and enjoy a scoop or two of hot chips from the local takeaway shop, take the kids or the dog for a walk, or just soak up the sun and enjoy the views.
Depending on the tide and conditions, the shoreline at Cobden beach can be quite sandy or stoney, you'll usually find this beach covered in drift wood which the locals often use for firewood in the colder months. Cobden beach is an excellent spot to sit and enjoy a scoop or two of hot chips from the local takeaway shop, take the kids or the dog for a walk, or just soak up the sun and enjoy the views. If you follow the beach north you will find the start of the Point Elizabeth Walkway.
If you're looking to swim at Cobden beach it's best right up beside the breakwater, which you can find at the south end of the beach. Cobden beach is best for intermediate to expert swimmers as it can hold big swells, making it hard paddle out. This beach is not patrolled so make sure to watch out for rips.
On the Cobden Beachfront is a free campsite operated by the Grey District Council strictly for certified self contained vehicles only (you must have a self-containment warrant displayed, detail facing out, on your windscreen).
You can stay a maximum of three nights.
Things to Know
Great swells for intermediate/expert surfers
Free to camp
Close to town
Public Camping Facilities
3 nights max
Certified self contained vehicles only
PLEASE NOTE: The Greymouth District Council regularly patrols this area
Cobden beach is located on the north side of the breakwater, at the mouth of the Grey River. From Greymouth head north up the main street, across the Cobden Bridge, and turn left onto Bright Street. Head to the end of the street and turn left onto Domett Esplanade, then find a car park. Alternatively, from Bright Street you can take a left and then right onto Hill Quay which takes you onto the breakwater.