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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

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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

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03 April 2020
Grey District
NZ Bear Hunt - Greymouth

Place a teddy bear in your window facing the road and as people are out getting fresh air and exercise so they can enjoy the bears around their neighbourhood.

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See, do & stay

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Accommodation
Blackball Hilton Formerly The Blackball Hilton Hotel

This 100 year old hotel offers an abundance of historical information. The walls are filled to the brim with stories about the old coal mining days.

$110
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Brunner-Memorial-Mine-Site.PNG Brunner Mine Memorial Site

New Zealands' worst mining distaster happened on 26 March 1896 at Brunner on the West Coast, killing 65 men.

FREE
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Go-Tracks.jpg Blackball Co-operative shuttle and relocation service

Blackball Co-operative shuttle and relocation service will assist you hike or cycle the Paparoa Track.

$20 - $170
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Shades of Jade Shades of Jade

Here at Shades of Jade we are proud to showcase Jade that is 100% genuine West Coast Jade.

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Grey District
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Shantytown Shantytown

Observe and participate in some great New Zealand stories and explore the heart of the nation at Shantytown. Engaging, interactive activities in a heritage setting.

$17.50 - $34.50
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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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