West coast

How to capture and preserve your favourite Greymouth memories

Tips on how to capture and preserve your travel memories from Greymouth.

Lucy Wyndham

May 20, 2019


Greymouth town square at night

Every year, thousands of holidaymakers flock to the West Coast of New Zealand to explore the untamed natural wilderness that stretches for more than 600km along South Island.

While there are countless beguiling destinations along the coast, one that holds some of the greatest appeals is the town of Greymouth that boasts the turnaround of the TranzAlpine train journey, which is recognized as one of the best train trips in the world.

As incredibly enriching as your trip to the West Coast may be, experiences like these are fleeting at best. It is for this very reason that the effort must be made to capture and preserve as many travel memories as possible. Apart from taking photos to look at whenever you feel nostalgic, you can also capture and preserve your travel memories in a number of creatively innovative ways.

Make captivating travel videos

No set of travel memories will be complete without a number of videos showcasing some of your trip highlights. Take short video clips of everything you find interesting (just make sure you pack a few extra memory cards for your camera and smartphone) and edit them at a later point before turning them into a fascinating travel movie.

You will find a lot of beautiful vistas and bird life to record while walking along the Point Elizabeth Track. While the chatter of fantails, bellbirds, and grey warblers, along with the sound of crashing waves in the distance make for mesmerising listening, adding a selection of songs to your nature videos can make it even memorable.

Print out your photos

Printing out the photos you took during your visit to Greymouth may sound old-fashioned, but it does not have to be. There is so much more you can do with photo prints than simply stick them in a photo album. After spending the day at the Shantytown Heritage Park you will undoubtedly have a hoard of stunning photos worth printing out.

While there is nothing wrong with putting your best photos on display in a few demure frames, a printed picture collage consisting of your best shots of Shantytown will be a lot more appealing. Picture collages are great if you want to couple a number of themed images together while singular photos can be printed on and pinned to a string of fairy lights or nice pinboard.

Start a travel blog

If you have a way with words and are able to take pretty good photos you can start a blog about your adventures on the West Coast.

Even if you don’t want to start a fully-fledged travel blog you can make use of an online journal to upload photos and videos to and write about your day.

Whether you spend time at the Monteith’s Brewing Company or go fishing at the nearby Lake Brunner, you will without a doubt have a lot to reminisce on. Whether you make your blog public, share it only with close friends and family is entirely up to you – either way you will be able to preserve your travel memories indefinitely

Greymouth, and the rest of New Zealand's west coast, is bound to steal your heart. By capturing plenty of travel memories, you will be able to revisit your favorite destination whenever you want.