GreymouthNew Zealand

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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
The Ashley Hotel
The Ashley Hotel
4 out of 5
74 Tasman St, Greymouth
NZ$150
per night
Mar 9 - Mar 10

Situated in Greymouth, this hotel is 0.9 mi (1.5 km) from Grey District Aquatic Centre and within 3 miles (5 km) of Monteith's Brewing Company and West Coast ...

4.1/5Very Good! (429 reviews)

"The spacious room was a delight and despite being next to a main road and railway line, they did not disturb us at all. Everything was clean, the bed was comfortable and the location is a couple of minutes drive to the town centre."…"

Reviewed on 12 Feb. 2020

The Ashley Hotel
Lake Brunner Country Motel & Holiday Park
Lake Brunner Country Motel & Holiday Park
2.5 out of 5
2014 Arnold Valley Road, Moana, West Coast
NZ$70
per night
Mar 11 - Mar 12

Situated in Moana, this golf motel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Lake Brunner and within 25 miles (40 km) of Brunner Industrial Site and Shantytown. Left Bank Art ...

4.2/5Excellent! (66 reviews)

"Each little cabin was set in its own private space and lovely country views out the windows"…"

Reviewed on 11 Jun. 2019

Lake Brunner Country Motel & Holiday Park
Punakaiki Resort
Punakaiki Resort
4 out of 5
State Highway 6, Punakaiki
NZ$299
per night
Feb 18 - Feb 19

Situated near the beach, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Paparoa National Park and Pancake Rocks. Punakaiki Pancake Rocks and Blowholes ...

4.1/5Very Good! (454 reviews)

"On the Tasman Sea. The views were beautiful. Close to Pancake rocks"…"

Reviewed on 2 Feb. 2020

Punakaiki Resort

Popular activities in Greymouth

Pancake Rocks
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Pancake Rocks

5/5(108 reviews)

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

4.5/5(22 reviews)

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.

Glow Worm Cave Tour
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Glow Worm Cave Tour

NZ$138

Itinerary This is a typical itinerary for this product Pass By: Brunner Mine Site Walk, State Highway 7, Greymouth New Zealand Drive past the Mine site that was in operation in the 1860's

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.

Rainforest Off-Roading Quad Bike Adventure
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Rainforest Off-Roading Quad Bike Adventure

NZ$125

Jump on a quad to charge along off-road trails through the woods, plowing through muddle puddles, crossing streams, and zipping along forest tracks. Tackle the West Coast's wettest terrain on this adrenaline-pumping adventure that's fun for the whole family.

Punakaiki Blow Holes & Pancake Rocks Scenic Tour
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Punakaiki Blow Holes & Pancake Rocks Scenic Tour

NZ$117

Itinerary This is a typical itinerary for this product Stop At: Pancake Rocks and Blowholes Walk, State Highway 6, Paparoa National Park, Punakaiki 7873 New Zealand Punakaiki, the World famous Coast road is rated one of the top 10 Coastal drives in the World.

Reviews of Greymouth

3.8

Guest rating

5 - Excellent
29
5 - Excellent 18.954248366013072%
4 - Good
86
4 - Good 56.209150326797385%
3 - Okay
27
3 - Okay 17.647058823529413%
2 - Disappointing
8
2 - Disappointing 5.228758169934641%
1 - Terrible
3
1 - Terrible 1.9607843137254901%

3/5 - Okay

B

Feb 12, 2020

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

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

Feb 8, 2020

Greymouth is tired needs more variety and access for eating

4/5 - Good

Lígia

Feb 8, 2020

Hokitika Gorge Scenic Reserve was very pleasing... half hour from Greymouth...

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Jan 20, 2020

Our visit to Greymouth was for a family function, we visit there often and love the area for its uniqueness.

2/5 - Disappointing

Verified traveller

Jan 16, 2020

Whole town looking run down, with many empty buildings.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Jan 8, 2020

The town itself has so much potential. Don't miss the brekky at Maggie's Kitchen. We went in after seeing some reviews and it definitely lives up to its reputation. Great people running the business, were warm welcoming and meal was delicious.

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