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.

Known for

Beaches, Beers and Glaciers

Top hotels in Greymouth

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Kingsgate Hotel Greymouth
3.5 out of 5
32 Mawhera Quay, Greymouth
NZ$99
per night
24 Sep. - 25 Sep.
3.6/5Good! (830 reviews)

"It appeared it was having a do up and it did need it. Comfortable but tired"…"

Reviewed on 16 Sep. 2019

Kingsgate Hotel Greymouth
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The Ashley Hotel
4 out of 5
74 Tasman St, Greymouth
NZ$155
per night
24 Sep. - 25 Sep.
4.1/5Very Good! (408 reviews)

"The reception staff was impecable. efficient, polite, helpful and welcoming."…"

Reviewed on 30 Aug. 2019

The Ashley Hotel
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Alpine Rose Greymouth Motel
4.5 out of 5
139 High Street, Greymouth
NZ$139
per night
27 Sep. - 28 Sep.
4.6/5Exceptional! (147 reviews)

"Very clean facilities, great customer service. Good location"…"

Reviewed on 18 Sep. 2019

Alpine Rose Greymouth Motel

Popular activities in Greymouth

Pancake Rocks
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Pancake Rocks

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

Rapahoe Beach
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Rapahoe Beach

A small cluster of houses and some oceanfront accommodation mark one of the Great Coast Road’s sleepy enclaves, an ideal place to put your feet up.

Top activities in Greymouth

Glow-worm Cave Tour Greymouth
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Glow-worm Cave Tour Greymouth

NZ$125

You’ll be wowed by Gary the Glow-worm on Greymouth’s amazing Glow-worm Cave Tour. Step into his galaxy world of glittering glow-worms like stunning stars in the night sky. Get right up close and learn about Gary’s amazing lifestyle and his romantic side.

Monteith's Brewery Guided Tour
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Monteith's Brewery Guided Tour

NZ$25

The Monteith's Brewery tour starts out in the Beertopia Room which houses our very own Monteith's Museum. Here you'll get an introduction into the heritage and rich stories of the origins of Monteith's, starting in 1868 right here on the West Coast.

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

NZ$86

Get muddy and feel the adrenaline rush as you tackle off-road trails on a sturdy, rugged buggy. Get behind the wheel or opt to ride along as a passenger, splashing along your choice of 3 forest tracks deep in the woods of the West Coast.

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$799

After a convenient shuttle from your Christchurch hotel to the train station, take a seat aboard the world-renowned TranzAlpine train. This 4.5-hour journey traverses the South Island from coast to coast, passing through the rolling farmland of Canterbury Plains and over the breathtaking mountain landscape of the Southern Alps.

3-Day Akaroa Harbour & TranzAlpine Train Excursion
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3-Day Akaroa Harbour & TranzAlpine Train Excursion

NZ$985

If you have a few days free to see the sights of the South Island, this tour gives you a look at some of its most beautiful scenery. With plenty of free time in Christchurch, a cruise along the Akaroa Harbour, and a spectacular train ride across the Southern Alps, you can see the best of the country.

Underworld Rafting in Charleston
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Underworld Rafting in Charleston

NZ$185

A very special Adventure. Take the Nile River Rainforest Train through lush rain forest, explore an enormous cave system decorated with a breathtaking assembly of pristine stalactites and stalagmites.

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