West Coast

West Coast


  • Shantytown - a replica gold mining town
  • Monteith's Brewery - one of NZ's oldest
  • Walk or bike the Croesus Track


  • By car: 3 hours from Christchurch
  • By train: 4.5 hours from Christchurch

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Greymouth is a town with a history of jade hunting, gold mining and dramatic river floods. Sample the beer and listen to wild west coast stories.

Once the site of the Maori pa Mawhera (which means ‘wide spread river mouth’, in reference to the town’s river mouth location), Greymouth is the largest town on the South Island’s west coast. The area has a history of gold mining, which can be appreciated at the local museum and nearby Shantytown. The local brewery is something of a New Zealand legend; it runs tours that include a tasting session.

Other Greymouth entertainments include sea fishing, fly fishing, a quayside walk and hiking the Elizabeth Track, which passes through a scenic reserve and old goldmining sites. Around the town you’ll find galleries specialising in pounamu (New Zealand jade).

Functional facts: Approx. population 13,300, i-SITE Visitor Centre, train station.

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