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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

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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 26 Sep. to 27 Sep.

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! (242 reviews)

"Well appointed holiday park with many features and options"…"

Reviewed on 5 Jun. 2020

Greymouth Seaside TOP 10 Holiday Park
Bella Vista Motel Greymouth
Bella Vista Motel Greymouth
4 out of 5
33 High Street, Greymouth
The price is NZ$110 per night from 1 Oct. to 2 Oct.

Situated by the sea, this motel is within a 10-minute walk of Grey District Aquatic Centre and Monteith's Brewing Company. West Coast Rail Trail and History ...

4.2/5Excellent! (201 reviews)

"Always the same with any Bella vista, which is why i choose to stay, location good, shame the monteith's was closed."…"

Reviewed on 23 Jun. 2020

Bella Vista Motel Greymouth
Coleraine Suites & Apartments
Coleraine Suites & Apartments
5 out of 5
61 High Street, Greymouth
The price is NZ$173 per night from 11 Oct. to 12 Oct.

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! (510 reviews)

"Cosy place, excellent hosts, very handy to a killer restaurant too! Brilliant."…"

Reviewed on 30 May 2020

Coleraine Suites & Apartments

Holiday Rentals in Greymouth

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Coleraine Suites & Apartments
Coleraine Suites & Apartments
5 out of 5
61 High Street, Greymouth
The price is NZ$173 per night from 11 Oct. to 12 Oct.

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! (510 reviews)

"Cosy place, excellent hosts, very handy to a killer restaurant too! Brilliant."…"

Reviewed on 30 May 2020

Coleraine Suites & Apartments
Greymouth Motels & Seaview Apartments
Greymouth Motels & Seaview Apartments
3.5 out of 5
2 Chesterfield Street, Greymouth Seaside, Greymouth
The price is NZ$160 per night from 27 Sep. to 28 Sep.

Nestled on the beach, this Greymouth apartment building is within 3 mi (5 km) of Grey District Aquatic Centre, Monteith's Brewing Company and West Coast Rail ...

3.9/5Good! (69 reviews)

"Lovely decor and location, loved it! The proximity to the beach was great, also playground."…"

Reviewed on 19 Mar. 2020

Greymouth Motels & Seaview Apartments
Punakaiki Beach Camp
Punakaiki Beach Camp
2 out of 5
5 Owen Street, Punakaiki
The price is NZ$110 per night from 27 Sep. to 28 Sep.

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

Popular places to visit in Greymouth

Pancake Rocks
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Pancake Rocks

4.5/5(122 reviews)

Drive along the Great Coast Road to reach these unusual rock formations, the product of 30 million years of natural moulding.

Top activities in Greymouth

Enchanted Rainforest Off-Road Buggy Adventure
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Enchanted Rainforest Off-Road Buggy Adventure

NZ$145
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Glow-worm Cave Tour Greymouth
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Glow-worm Cave Tour Greymouth

NZ$125
Per adult
Enchanted Forest Off-Roading Quad Bike Adventure
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Enchanted Forest Off-Roading Quad Bike Adventure

NZ$125
Per adult
3-Day Akaroa Harbour & TranzAlpine Train Excursion
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3-Day Akaroa Harbour & TranzAlpine Train Excursion

NZ$999
Per adult
2-Day West Coast Punakaiki Tour via the TranzAlpine Train
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2-Day West Coast Punakaiki Tour via the TranzAlpine Train

NZ$845
Per adult
80% of travellers recommend
Glow Worm Cave Tour
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Glow Worm Cave Tour

NZ$136
Per adult

Reviews of Greymouth

3.8

Guest rating

5 - Excellent
32
5 - Excellent 19.27710843373494%
4 - Good
91
4 - Good 54.81927710843374%
3 - Okay
30
3 - Okay 18.072289156626507%
2 - Disappointing
10
2 - Disappointing 6.024096385542169%
1 - Terrible
3
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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