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Grey District

Mawhera Heart of the West Coast

Greymouth is the largest town on the West Coast and has the turnaround of the TranzAlpine train journey, recognised as one of the top train trips in the world.

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Explore Greymouth

Greymouth is the largest town on the West Coast and has the turnaround of the TranzAlpine train journey, recognised as one of the top train trips in the world and one form of public transport that you'll actually wish took a little bit longer.

Greymouth and the surrounding Grey Valley offer adventure activities, heritage attractions and guided nature tours.

Cycle the easy West Coast Wilderness Trail or visit Shantytown, a replica of a 1880's gold town.

Get muddy on a quad bike tour, go caving or whitewater rafting, head up the Croesus Track for a very scenic full day hike and then end your adventure with a good old local brew of Monteith's beer.

Getting to Greymouth

Weather in Greymouth


Places to visit in the Grey District


Blackball

For a good half day trip from Greymouth head to the iconic West Coast town of Blackball.

This small town was the birth place of the New Zealand Labour party. Back in 1908 miners went on strike for three months to win a 30-minute lunch break. They won!

Nowdays it is more famous for The Blackball Salami Company, where they serve up "West Coast perfection".

Colin at Kereru Crafts makes his own woodwork creations and another good stop is Formerly the Blackball Hilton Hotel, named after an infamous dispute with a certain international hotel chain.

The Croesus Track follows an historic miners pack track and is open to trampers and mountain bikers.

You can either do the 45 minute walk to Garden Gully past an old miners hut or an 8 hour return walk to Croesus Knob.

For the more adventurous, make this a two-day walk and stay overnight in a Department of Conservation hut.

There are several historical places of interest in Blackball to visit here including an old mine site and the Blackball-Roa Railway Line.


Nelson Creek

North of Greymouth, Nelson Creek, has a great community run campground complete with:

  • A playground,
  • jump off point into a deep swimming hole,
  • and historic walks through a landscape of tunnels and tailraces created by the gold miners.

Children love exploring the tunnels – just don’t forget to take a torch.


Stillwater

Stillwater township is a small town with a sad reminder of the area’s tragic history.

A total of 67 men were entombed in the Brunner Coalmine collapse in 1896 and you can still see the Brunner Mine remains just 2km out of Stillwater heading towards Greymouth.

Events

Events

The Extravaganza
23 November 2019
Grey District
The Extravaganza

Another Roadside Attraction is a unique market/festival across New Zealand which is completely free.

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See, do & stay

Grey District
Accommodation
Greymouth KIWI Holiday Park and Motel Greymouth KIWI Holiday Park and Motel

Greymouth KIWI Holiday Park and Motels is located at South Beach, Greymouth, adjacent to a wonderful West Coast beach.

$30 - $140
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Grey District
See & Do
Garth Wilson Jade Garth Wilson Jade

If you want a special piece of authentic Māori pounamu (jade or greenstone) then come and visit Garth in his studio/gallery.

$30 - $10,000
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Grey District
Transport
TranzAlpine TranzAlpine

The TranzAlpine is rated as one of the world’s best train journeys, travelling from one coast of New Zealand to the other, over the spectacular Southern Alps.

From $119
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Grey District
See & Do
Side Track Tours West Coast Encounters

John Kennedy head guide of West Coast Encounters has worked in the tourism and hospitality industry for over 30 years and has an extensive history in tour guiding.

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Grey District
See & Do
Left Bank Art Gallery Greymouth Left Bank Art Gallery

The gallery is housed in the former Bank of New Zealand. The main gallery and vault spaces display regular exhibits of contemporary New Zealand paintings, prints, photography, sculpture and crafts, with an emphasis on local content.

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Grey District
Accommodation
Blackball's Inn & '08 Cafe 2.jpg The Blackball Inn and ’08 Café

The licensed Blackball Inn and ’08 café provides meals, a cosy place to linger and accommodation for up to 10 people. Our nearby historic “Emma’s” cottage sleeps six people. At the gateway to the Paparoa Great Walk.

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