Greymouth is founded on jade, gold, fishing, timber and farming. To see and do everything you’ll need at least a month. But here is a list of some of the more popular things to do both paid and Free.
This 3 hours guided tour has their office five minutes walk from the motel. They have an amazing glow-worm display and they also take you to do some gold hunting as the cave is in a gold panning area. CLICK HERE to see more.
There are quite a few nearby cycle trails for different abilities. The most popular is the West Coast Wilderness Trail which takes up top 4 days to ride. Or the new Pike River memorial mountain bike trail is for the more technical rider. The cycle trail base is 5 minutes walk from the motels. CLICK HERE to see more.
At Monteith's Brewing Company we love beer. We are also very proud of our newly refurbished brewery. Come and enjoy our locally brewed award winning beers. Join us on our brewery experience as we guide you through the traditions and heritage of our brewing establishment. You will experience and taste our ever changing and innovative brews We have a tapas style kitchen menu, to ensure that you get the best Monteith's beer and food experience. HOURS: Summer (Nov-Apr) 11am-9pm Winter (May-Oct) 11am-8pm CLICK HERE to see more.
They’re not afraid to get a little rough and muddy in Greymouth and that certainly shows at On Yer Bike! Choose a self-drive off-roading adventure in a 4×4 buggy or quad bike or be driven in some beasty machines around a purpose-built mud-tastic track extending more than 16km through a mix of farmland and forest.
One of the most significant historical sites on the West Coast, if you want to learn more about the New Zealand people then the Brunner Mine Site just outside of Greymouth is a good place to go. This 2km walk around coke ovens, a brick factory and the remains of tunnel entrances have interactive displays going through the history.
Location: 11km east of Greymouth on State Highway 7. The site and roadside car parking area are easy to spot.
Greymouth Railway Station is the beginning/end of one of the world’s most scenic train journeys as voted in multiple travel publications. Hop on the TranzAlpine in Greymouth and enjoy a journey through West Coast rainforest and lakes on the way to the mountainous regions of the Arthur’s Pass National Park. You’ll go through a nearly 2km-long tunnel piercing through the mountains. The train goes all the way to Christchurch where you can return the same day or continue your travels from there. CLICK HERE to see more.
The drive to Punakaiki itself should be its own stand-alone recommendation! Voted one of the top ten coastal drives in the World, the Great Coast Road is home to the famous Great Coast RoadPancake Rocks and Blowholes.
A spectacular 45 minute drive north of Greymouth along SH6 will have you arrive in the small coastal settlement of Punakaiki where you and your family will experience one the West Coast’s most impressive natural wonders!
This paved easy walking track loops around a limestone landscape of pancake-shaped rock formations, blowholes and surge pools – these are particularly impressive around high tide.
Allow 20-45 minutes to do the whole track as there are some good interpretation panels to learn about the geology of the area and a fun one where the kids can have a go at trying to make out the ‘faces’ in the rock formations as described on one of the panels near the end of the track.
With the exception of an optional short section with steps, the walk is suitable for wheelchairs and prams
To go on a guided tour that includes transport CLICK HERE to see more.
Seeing is believing! Take in the stunning views of lush native bush and the turquoise waters of the Hokitika Gorge.
The viewing platform, boardwalks and the swing bridge keep this short 15 minute easy walk enjoyable and is a great option for the kids especially if the fantails are out to play!
Prams and wheelchairs are suitable for the first small part of the track to the viewing platform.
Getting there: Head south to Hokitika – from Greymouth, this will take approximately 30 minutes and the back seat passengers will be pleased to know, the road is pretty straight. The Gorge is another 25 minute drive south east of Hokitika through a lovely country setting – follow the yellow road signs and be prepared for lots of turning.
Coal Creek Falls Track – A lovely walk through native forest to a picturesque waterfall. One hour return easy walking. A quick 10 minute trip from Greymouth will have you in the Balance Street carpark in Runanga.
Woods Creek Track – Fascinating forest walk, rich in history. Be sure to take a torch to explore the amazing tunnels dug by the gold miners. This walk can be covered in 45 minutes but allow extra time for admiring and exploring the remnants of tunnels, races and walls of stacked stones. This walk is a bit off the beaten track, it’s another 17 kms past Shantytown. Stop in at Shantytown and pick up a Woods Creek Track brochure and ask for directions.
Coastal views galore amongst a sub-tropical rainforest. The views along this coastal walk are absolutely breath-taking. For many locals, this walk reminds us daily of just how lucky we are to live in such a beautiful part of New Zealand. There are two access points to the walk. The northern end at Seven Mile Road, Rapahoe or the southern end at North Beach, Cobden. The track is 5.5km from end to end and takes approximately 1 hour and 45 mins, however you may just choose to go halfway to the main viewing platform.
Go Gold Hunting. You can hire a gold pan or go out with an expert where you’ll get their lifetimes experience in just a few minutes to find your own piece of gold. CLICK HERE to see more.