Just a 15 minutes drive down south of Punakaiki is a rock-filled but extremely serene stretch of beach. Take a quick breather and hear the sea come to life as the waves pound the greyish sand. I was there for about 20 minutes - admiring the sea that was in front of me and the mountain that was behind.
The beach was literally untouched, except that, someone had actually set up a fireplace to keep themselves warm.
A very rewarding short walk... just 15 minutes walk through the coastal forest, it'll lead you to this great ocean view. You can also get down to the beach with caves and a waterfall.
To get here, you'll have to watch out for signage. It's located north of Punakaiki (not very far). If you're coming from the north, pull over opposite of the track entrance. There's a small area to park your car.
Remember to bring along a jacket, it can get really windy & cold out there!!