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GreymouthNew Zealand

Hear tales of gold fever, try local tipple at Monteith’s Brewery Co., and explore beaches and old mining sites when visiting this coastal town.

Bordered by forested hills and the Tasman Sea, Greymouth is the perfect place to begin your exploration of the South Island’s west coast. Immerse yourself in the excitement of New Zealand’s gold rush at Shantytown Heritage Park, buy carved jade artwork and enjoy a Monteith’s beer. Use Greymouth as a base to explore the Paparoa National Park.

Pan for gold and investigate a 19th-century mining town at the recreated Shantytown, located 10 kilometres (6 miles) south of Greymouth. Head back into town to visit History House Museum to see photographs and records of New Zealand’s pioneering life. Gold miners bought the land from the Māori people for a pittance of what it was worth, until the late 1800s when the Māori Parliament determined that no more Māori land would be sold.

Wandering Greymouth’s streets, you’ll come across plenty of galleries displaying the many types of New Zealand jade, known as pounamu, carved into traditional Māori designs. Jewellery and sculptures featuring this bright-green stone are unique souvenirs.

Beer and cider lovers won’t want to miss Monteith’s Brewery Co., operating in the area for almost 150 years. Learn about the brewing process, including occasional mishaps of trying out new recipes. Monteith’s specialises in creating innovative flavours; sample many of these at the brewery’s bar.

Head north on the coast road to discover craggy granite mountain ranges, blowholes and layered geology at Pancake Rocks in Punakaiki, a beach town on the edge of the Paparoa National Park. Ride a horse along the beach, take a night tour of the Westland petrel breeding grounds to see fuzzy grey petrel chicks or rent a kayak to paddle along the Pororari River between sheer gorge cliffs and forest.

The TranzAlpine Rail runs from Greymouth to Christchurch, a route with incredible views of New Zealand’s wilderness, from snowy mountains to dramatic gorges and lush forests. The trip takes 4.5 hours, with an open-air viewing carriage and in-car dining. By car the route from Christchurch takes about 3 hours.

Top hotels in Greymouth

Greymouth Seaside TOP 10 Holiday Park
Greymouth Seaside TOP 10 Holiday Park
3 out of 5
2 Chesterfield Street, Greymouth
The price is NZ$79 per night from 5 Dec. to 6 Dec.

Situated by the sea, this eco-friendly holiday park is 0.9 mi (1.5 km) from Grey District Aquatic Centre, and within 3 mi (5 km) of Monteith's Brewing Company ...

4/5Very Good! (248 reviews)

"Very clean had a nice stay and friendly 😊loved the chickens very healthy looking"…"

Reviewed on 11 Aug. 2020

Greymouth Seaside TOP 10 Holiday Park
Coleraine Suites & Apartments
Coleraine Suites & Apartments
5 out of 5
61 High Street, Greymouth
The price is NZ$173 per night from 6 Dec. to 7 Dec.

Situated in Greymouth, this luxury apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Grey District Aquatic Centre and Monteith's Brewing Company. West Coast Rail ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (513 reviews)

"Really genuine friendly host. Apartment was spacious and comfortable. Had a great spa bath and a separate shower cubical. Very warn, good amenities."…"

Reviewed on 5 Oct. 2020

Coleraine Suites & Apartments
Punakaiki Beachfront Motels
Punakaiki Beachfront Motels
3 out of 5
56 Punakaiki Road, Punakaiki
The price is NZ$180 per night from 6 Dec. to 7 Dec.

Situated in Punakaiki, this beach motel is within a 10-minute walk of Punakaiki Beach and Pororari River Track. Pancake Rocks is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) away.

4.2/5Excellent! (137 reviews)
3 generations stay

"Great location. Overall I would stay again. Few little things need a small amount of attention, mosquitoes dead in window sills, no cover on one light switch, frying pan not no stick."…"

Reviewed on 30 Aug. 2020

Punakaiki Beachfront Motels
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Holiday Rentals in Greymouth

Coleraine Suites & Apartments
Coleraine Suites & Apartments
5 out of 5
61 High Street, Greymouth
The price is NZ$173 per night from 6 Dec. to 7 Dec.

Situated in Greymouth, this luxury apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Grey District Aquatic Centre and Monteith's Brewing Company. West Coast Rail ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (513 reviews)

"Really genuine friendly host. Apartment was spacious and comfortable. Had a great spa bath and a separate shower cubical. Very warn, good amenities."…"

Reviewed on 5 Oct. 2020

Coleraine Suites & Apartments
Greymouth KIWI Holiday Parks & Motels
Greymouth KIWI Holiday Parks & Motels
2 out of 5
318 Main South Road, Greymouth
The price is NZ$137 per night from 25 Dec. to 26 Dec.

Offering direct access to the beach, this Greymouth campsite is within 6 mi (10 km) of Monteith's Brewing Company, History House Museum and Shantytown. Brunner ...

4.1/5Very Good! (196 reviews)

"Very friendly, homely and warm experience. Thank you."…"

Reviewed on 7 Jun. 2020

Greymouth KIWI Holiday Parks & Motels
Punakaiki Beach Camp
Punakaiki Beach Camp
2 out of 5
5 Owen Street, Punakaiki
The price is NZ$110 per night from 7 Dec. to 8 Dec.

Situated on the beach, this campsite is steps away from Punakaiki Beach and Paparoa National Park. Pororari River Track and Pancake Rocks are also within 1 mile ...

Punakaiki Beach Camp
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Greymouth

3.8

Guest rating

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 19.27710843373494%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 54.81927710843374%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 18.072289156626507%
2 - Disappointing
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2 - Disappointing 6.024096385542169%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 1.8072289156626506%

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

30 May 2020

A bad time of year to visit and it was our first trip. Needed more time to find things to do.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

24 Mar. 2020

Generally appeared economically depressed but had recently experienced bad weather conditions. As a railhead gateway to some stunning South Island West Coast scenery both north and south of it Greymouth was a disappointment.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

21 Mar. 2020

A bit run down

4/5 - Good

Tim

3 Mar. 2020

It has improved considerably from when we visited 30 years ago.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

21 Feb. 2020

Very quiet in the retail secror but we came to visit friends and we had a nice catch up and lovely meal at the Paroa Hotel

3/5 - Okay

B

12 Feb. 2020

Very friendly community. The townl centre need some TLC. Very dilapidated. Happy with accommodation.

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