Travelling to New Zealand’s Untamed Natural Wilderness of the West Coast is a scenic wonderland, abundant in native flora and wildlife. From the beaches that line the Coast to the forests that run deep into the valleys, the West Coast has a lot to offer visitors to the region. Getting to the West Coast is an experience in itself as you step onboard one of the top six train journeys in the world, TranzAlpine, departing from Christchurch daily and arriving into the Heart of the West Coast, Greymouth.
Greymouth / Mawhera, being the largest town and the commercial hub of the region is situated on the mouth of the Grey River. The town is also famous for the well-known “barber”, one of three found throughout the World, a natural formation of a thick fog that descends down the valley, rolling over the hills and down the river each morning, a popular photo opportunity for locals and visitors. The Grey District is a great place for activities from those more adventurous like caving and rafting to the 4WD quad bikes. Explore the West Coast with tours to key tourists “hot spots” one such destination is Punakaiki, the internationally recognized “Pancake Rocks” and Blow Holes or the Hokitika Gorge famous for its tranquil blue waters!
Visit historic sites such as Brunner Mine Site and Woods Creek Track where you can learn more about the mining days and the tragedies of our ancestors and the harsh realities of living in those days. Stay at Lake Brunner, offering a range of accommodation with views of Lake Brunner surrounded in native rainforest. Take a lake cruise or try out trout fishing with Brent Beadle’s Moana Trout Fishing Safaris. Venture out on one of the many walking tracks, listening to the native bird song, a bird lover’s paradise! For those bike lovers you can ride a section of the Wilderness Trail, a four-day ride from Greymouth to Ross, offering a vast array of scenery and historic sites. Step back in time and explore the pioneering days with the historic gold mining town at Shantytown, a replica mining town set in the 1860’s offering steam train rides, gold panning, plus over 30 buildings full of relics and memorabilia of days gone by. End your day with a brew from the local Brewery Monteith’s, take a brewery tour and learn more about the brewing process then enjoy a selection of hand crafted beer and local produce from their kitchen.
Greymouth has a brand new Aquatic Centre, let the kids check out the hydro slides while you relax in the spa and sauna! Visit the local Left Bank Art Gallery where local artists are displayed and pop into Shades of Jade for locally carved Greenstone jewellery. Stewart Nimmo Gallery is another popular gallery with beautiful photography artwork and local crafts and the Station Gift Shop is a perfect place to find that souvenir to take back home.
There is a good range of eateries and accommodation to choose from.
Base yourself in the Heart of the West Coast while exploring the Untamed Natural Wilderness that the West Coast region offers as a destination. The West Coast people have many years of hosting international travellers, building a reputation as friendly and welcoming with a passion for sharing their environment.
The team at Greymouth i-SITE Visitor Information Centre look forward to welcoming you to our corner of paradise.
Welcome to the Best Coast. i-SITEs are well established throughout New Zealand and are a positive recognisable brand promoting the wonders of a country full of natural beauty with so many things to do. The untamed natural wilderness here on the West Coast of the South Island is a huge contributor to branding essential in drawing the millions of visitors from all over the world to Islands down under offering natures splendour in every nook and cranny.
While here be sure to engage with Coasters. We value the “cultures that visitors deliver and the chance to share our unique lifestyle moulded on generations of hard work and honesty. Be sure to relax and enjoy our hospitality. We have got the billy on and look forward to your arrival.
Mayor, Grey District