Greymouth, The West Coast, New Zealand

Overview of Greymouth
"Photo by Paul Murray“ (copyright)

Greymouth Historic bank buildingGreymouth is the largest town and commercial hub of the West Coast
and is centrally located at the mouth of the Grey River.

All roads lead to Greymouth as well as the scenic Tranz Alpine train, which terminates in Greymouth after traversing the Southern Alps
on its way west from Christchurch.
The TranzAlpine train comes in and departs daily from Christchurch, making this a good starting point for travelling along the West Coast.

Greymouth has a history of gold and coal mining,
also forestry and fishing are important industries.

GreymouthAt the heart of the West Coast Greymouth is a good central base
to explore the West Coast.

In Greymouth you will find a range of accommodation, restaurants, museums, art galleries, shops and arts/craft outlets, especially greenstone/jade and all the amenities, facilities and services
you would expect from a major urban centre.

 A number of sport fishing charter boats operate out of Greymouth between July to September and some record blue fin tuna have been caught off the Coast recently.

Greymouth is also home to the famous Monteith’s Brewery and tours of the facility and beer tasting are a great activity in any weather.

Explore the beaches of Greymouth for Semi-precious gemstones
and wierdly shaped driftwood, washed up onto the beaches.

Hector’s dolphins can be seen swimming off the Grey River mouth.

From Greymouth on most days, a clear view of the large looming Southern Alps suggests much awaits the traveller heading south. Greymouth represents a botanical turning point and the forest changes from nikau palm groves, pohutukawa and other more tropical trees fade out and are replaced by more cold-tolerant varieties such as rimu, kahikatea and beech forests.

South of  Greymouth you will find Shantytown, New Zealand’s premier historic attraction,
 a replica gold rush town from the 1880’s.
This replica township has been constructed from buildings from round the West Coast and
recreates the atmosphere and style of a West Coast boomtown.
Shantytown has working stores in the style of the late 1800’s as well as a steam train, sawmill, goldfields,
 water races, a shebeen, a hospital, bank, jail, gold panning activities, a Chinese mining settlement and
a fabulous display of relics and artefacts from the heady days of the Gold Rush.
At Shantytown you can try panning for gold and experience the atmosphere of the gold rush era.

Shantytown: .

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