Go to the bright green building next to McDonalds as these guys are really helpful. I did their blackwater rafting trip. We were actually on tubes and not in a raft. Some of us started the trip with a zipline ride. We had to slide off the top of a cliff attached to the flight wire and zoomed down ovwer the rain forest. It was awesome. Then we hoped...more
The Paparoa range is made out of granite and limestone underlies it. It's most know by the Pancake Rocks and Blowholes that are shaped that way by wind and water. The Pancake Rocks look like stacks of pancakes and if the wind and tide are right, water can blow up between them. There's a nice 20 minute walk around there. You can also walk the Truman...more
Your train wil depart from Greymouth in the afternoon at around 1:30 pm and pass Lake Brunner, a world class trout fishing lake, before crossing the Taramakau and following the Otira River to entrance of the Otira Tunnel. Construction of the 8.6 kilometres long tunnel began in 1908 and took a total of 12 years. Digging was extremely slow, just 4...more
We took a cab to the same as public transport in NZ is pretty handicapped in the tourist season! A journey of abt an hour brought us to these rocks, we spent a good 2 hours there soaking i these strange formations. Punakaiki is the service centre for the Paparoa National Park - 30,000 ha of varied landscape from lush West Coast native rainforest...more
Thought I'd break into some nursery rhyme but chose against it. The clock tower has it's bit of history which you can read from the plaque at the tower itself. The clock tower was erected by the Greymouth Rotary and Lions clubs in 1992. The clock is from the former Post Office that is dated from 1903.more
Down the west coast you can find Franz Joseph and Fox Glaciers. You can do scenic hiking tours up the glacier, they last either half a day or a full day. With experienced guides youclimb up the ice walls, crawl through ice caves and enjoy wonderful views down to theprehistoric, Jurassic Park-like scenery of rainforest, stone and ice! This is a warm...more
it's a replica of what the city was like on the Old days during the Gold Mining Booming. It's fun to go if you have never been to a place like this and esp if you're travelling with kids. They will surely enjoy itYou can do Gold Panning as well.... for additional fee beside the entrance feeIf you're a student bring your ISIC card as they give...more
Drive from greymouth to punakaiki takes 20 minutes. The scenery along the way was breathtaking .... you can see teh sea along the wayThere is a 30 minutes walk you can do in the park.If you want to see the blowhole you have to come at special time when the tide is high. I didn't get to see that :(There are 2 times you can chose to see Punakaiki at...more
A must do in Greymouth, the Montieth Brewery tour is a great tour to take when you want to meet other traveler's and taste some good beer. The entry price is a little more than a budget traveler would normally shell out, but my tour ended in 20 minutes of free beer drinking and spending the rest of the day with 10 new friends drinking and relaxing...more
The Jade Factory is one of the few places where shoppers can watch skilled Carvers at work creating one-off originals. It gives visitors a chance to wander through the factory or take a guided tour with commentary about the prestigious green stone - what it meant and still means to Maori, along with a technical explanation of the physical...more
Paparoa National Park - Known for its Pancakes. These fascinating limestone formations put on a spectacular spouting display in certain sea conditions. The eroded rock layers look like stacks of pancakes. Water is forced by the waves into small holes, where it blows upward, making tiny geysers. The effect is best during stormy weather. The coastal...more
Typically when we research the destinations we are heading to on our trips, we look for a few unique places in each town. Greymouth was decidedly empty of information, including VirtualTourist and other sites. We figured we would give the whole town a pass and just go on to Hokitika. During the trip and research, we decided to detour off to...more
Located opposite Railway Station (TranzAlpine), the Hotel has become famous for "all you can eat" $3 BBQ seven days a week. Accommodation and Internet available. Jackpot poker machines & TAB
Was also free Pool all night the day we were there so had a great night and didnt spend too much.
Cant be bad.
And the food was great too
Dress Code: No dress code
Awesome scenic train journey from Christchurch to Greymouth.
Not the cheapest way of getting to Greymouth but very scenic.
Located just to the East of Greymouth is Arthur's Pass National Park, which is a major hub for hiking and adventure. Although the entire town of Greymouth would be considered "off the beaten path" in my opinion, this is one of the places I would go if in Greymouth for an extended period of time. For more information on Arthur's Pass, I encourage...more
During the planning for a trip to Greymouth, you will likely be using this as a stop on your way around the West Coast of the South Island. Your final destination will likely be Hokitika or the Glaciers, but I encourage you to take a slightly northern path to Punakaiki from Greymouth. It is about 45km north, but worth the extra two or three hours...more
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