Located on New Zealand’s South Island, approximately 3 hours’ drive from Christchurch, Greymouth is the largest town on the West Coast and is steeped in gold mining history. The final stop on the famous TranzAlpine rail journey, the spectacular train trip through the Southern Alps is ranked in the world’s top 6 train journeys. Greymouth holidays offers a variety of shopping and galleries as well as excellent local beer and the rich history of gold mining and pounamu (New Zealand jade) hunting.
This Greymouth travel guide is designed to help you make the most of your time in this historic holiday destination. Once the site of a Maori pa Mawhera (‘wide spread river mouth’), Greymouth’s gold mining history is showcased in local museums and at the nearby Shantytown. The town is also famous as the home of legendary Monteiths Brewery, with tours and tasting sessions available. Greymouth also offers fly fishing, sea fishing and picturesque quayside walks as well as hiking along the old gold mining sites and scenic reserves of Elizabeth Track.
Offering a variety of options ranging from 3 stars to 5 stars including everything in between, Greymouth accommodation is conveniently located in the downtown area close to shopping and dining, activities and attractions. With a great range of options to suit all budgets and travellers, Greymouth accommodation ranges from cosy motels and modern hotels to boutique properties, major hotel chains, luxury resorts, self-catering apartments and charming bed and breakfasts. Offering a full range of onsite facilities, Greymouth accommodation offers something to suit all visitors, close to some of the town’s most popular attractions. Book cheap Accommodation in Greymouth
Experience history and the great outdoors with an excellent range of Greymouth attractions including guided eco-tours of local natural and cultural attractions, self-guided wanders through the woods and the incredible coastal views from the Point Elizabeth Walkway. Located in the CBD, the floodwall and monument is an important historical attraction paying homage to the lives lost in the town’s mining history. Continue along to the mouth of the river for bird watching, blue fin tuna and sport fishing as well as whitebaiting and dolphin watching. You can also explore the 4-day cycle track of the West Coast Wilderness Trail, carved by the gold mining pioneers. For a true taste of the West Coast, visit the legenday Monteiths Brewery for a history of brewing and to sample the great local beer. There’s also outdoor adventure with caving, white water rafting, river tubing, mountain biking, quad biking and the rugged biking tracks of Kumara Mud Plug and Napolean Hill.
As its name suggests, Greymouth is situated at the mouth of the Grey River and is named after its location on the waterway. The population of Greymouth is 13,600 which comprises a whopping 41% of the entire West Coast population. Having been a Maori settlement for centuries, the first Europeans arrived in Greymouth during the mid-19th century. Just 15km north of Greymouth, Motukiekie Beach is one of the most unique beaches and natural attractions in the world. Home to an incredible starfish colony surrounded by dramatic sea stacks, on rare occasions throughout the year the beach is covered in a multi-coloured variety of starfish. The right conditions for this only occur approximately 12 days in a year but make for a spectacular sight.