Greymouth is considered the heart of the West Coast. It is the largest town on the South Island’s West Coast and the arrival point for the Tranz Alpine from Christchurch. The area has a history of gold mining, which can be appreciated at the local museum and nearby Shantytown.
Check out these other attractions :
PUNAKAIKI PANCAKE ROCKS AND BLOWHOLE
Explore a limestone landscape of pancake-shaped rock formations, blowholes and surge pools on this short, paved walk that is great for children. This is an all-weather walk around the curious limestone formations of pancake rocks and blowholes. With the exception of an optional short section with steps, the walk is suitable for wheelchairs (with assistance). Spectacular views, geological oddities, coastal forest, rich birdlife and marine mammals are highlights along this walk.
WALK THE BRUNNER MINE SITE
One of the most significant historical sites on the West Coast, if you want to learn more about the New Zealand people, then the Brunner Mine Site just outside of Greymouth is a good place to go. This 2km walk around coke ovens, a brick factory and the remains of tunnel entrances, have interactive displays going through the history.
GO OFF-ROADING WITH ON YER BIKE!
They’re not afraid to get a little rough and muddy in Greymouth and that certainly shows at On Yer Bike. Choose a self-drive off-roading adventure in a 4WD buggy or quad bike, or be driven in some other cool machines around a purpose built mud-tastic track, extending more than 16km through a mix of farmland and forest.
TAKE A DAY TRIP TO LAKE BRUNNER
One inland lake that many backpackers don’t even know about on the West Coast is Lake Brunner. This dark reflective lake surrounded by rainforest and mountains is picture-perfect with plenty of walks and boat trips to make the most of it.
DO A BREWERY TOUR AT MONTEITH’S BREWERY
Beer is kind of a big deal in New Zealand. Check out the brewery of one of New Zealand’s biggest beer brands Monteith’s, in its home turf on the West Coast. Learn about the beer-making process while seeing the inner workings of this working brewery. At the end, you even get to pour your own beer. Food and beer tastings are also available.