Greymouth Travel Guide

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Greymouth Things to Do

  • Caves, Glow-worms and a zipline flight

    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...

  • Paparoa National Park

    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...

  • Take the Trazalpine to Christchurch

    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...

  • Visit the pancake rocks and see the blow...

    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...

  • Tick Tock, Tick Tock

    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.

  • Franz Joseph Glacier

    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...

  • Cape Foulwind

    This is a lighthouse site. There's also a seal colony here now and you can do a 2.5 hour walk to another bay. When we were there, the seals had puppies. There were a lot of them and you could see them very well, this is really worth a visit.

  • Gold panning and NZ history

    A trip out to Shantytown is a bit of fun. There are taxis that will do the trip out there for $20 return p.p.The old shops are moderately interesting, but goldpanning is the best part of it.

  • Great fun

    I enjoyed the tour of the Monteiths brewery in Greymouth. You get ample opportunity to sample what Monteiths has to offer. It's reasonably priced as well at $10.

  • Stop for lunch picnic at Lake Mahinapua

    Lake Mahinapua is located between greymouth and HokitikaWe stopped here on our way to Hokitika after leaving Shanty Town and when we saw the lake, we decided to stop and have a lunch picnic.The wind was quite strong when we were there

  • Visit Shanty Town

    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...

  • Go to Punakaiki Rocks at Sunset

    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...

  • Montieth Brewery Tour

    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...

  • Visitor Information Centre

    A good place to start in Greymouth is by taking a look in the Visitor Information Centre. Interestingly, so far from Napier, yet this building is very Art Deco as Napier and its surrounding towns.

  • Jade Factory (at Hokitika)

    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...

  • Shantytown

    An authentic 1880s town with steam train rides, gold panning (guaranteed to find gold), horse and buggy rides. Over 30 buildings on display - plus a licensed cafe and bar open daily.

  • Punakaiki (Pancake) Rocks

    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...

  • Punakaiki - Blowholes

    Mysterious limestone rock. To see them, take Dolomite Point Walk, a 10-minutes walk stroll from the main highway around the rocks and blowholes, and back again.


Greymouth Hotels

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  • Gables Motor Lodge

    Greymouth, New Zealand

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • The Alpine Rose Motel

    139 High Street, Greymouth, South Island, New Zealand

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

  • Highpark Motor Inn

    90 High St., Greymouth, New Zealand

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

Greymouth Restaurants

  • Tongue in Cheek and interesting

    This is a very interesting place that our coach stopped at on the way to grey mouth for a coffee break. Full of interesting comments and notices we spent half an hour being completely amused by the comments! I also got to feed a stag here! :) Coffee!

  • More indian food

    We are such hard ccre Indian foodies that we actually walked a km and a half just to have lunch here! We were not disappointed! Aloo paranthas and boondi raitha :)

  • A Taste of Hong Kong

    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...


Greymouth Nightlife

  • by jrr3 Written Jan 5, 2003

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    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

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Greymouth Transportation

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    by salisbury3933 Written Dec 11, 2005

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    Awesome scenic train journey from Christchurch to Greymouth.

    Not the cheapest way of getting to Greymouth but very scenic.

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Greymouth Off The Beaten Path

  • Arthur's Pass National Park

    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...

  • Punakaiki Pancake Rocks and Blowhole

    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...

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Greymouth Favorites

  • Stuart Nimmo Gallery

    I can't quite remember the address of this place, but the name should be enough to find it, and it was on a main street, not far from the river.The photography inside (most quite large and framed) I found simply spectacular.

  • Views from the Tranzalpine train

    Unfortunately most of our train journey was under cloud or rain, but it cleared several times during the approx 4 hour journey, and when it did, the views were spectacular.

  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

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