Greymouth & West Coast
New Zealand’s West Coast is famous for its scenic beauty and Greymouth is the ideal place to base yourself while you explore the 5 national parks - Kahurangi, Paparoa, Arthur’s Pass, Westland and Mt Aspiring - visit glaciers, rainforests, remote beaches and take in the majestic Southern Alps.
The world-famous Tranz Alpine Rail journeys from Christchurch to Greymouth daily, travelling through spectacular scenery, including the Canterbury plains, the Waimakariri gorge, the Southern Alps, the alpine village of Arthur’s Pass, through rainforest and past beautiful Lake Brunner. The Tranz Alpine is an ideal way to begin your exploration of the West Coast.
Greymouth is the largest town on the West Coast, boasting spectacular scenery and plenty of local attractions for all ages and abilities. Among the attractions are well-marked forest walks, Shanty Town, where you can experience the excitement of the gold rush days, the History House, the art gallery, the Monteith’s Brewery Tour, where craft beer has been brewed for more than 150 years, and the glow worm adventure tour.
Visitors wanting an adrenaline fix will be spoilt for choice in Greymouth, with kayaking, rafting, quad biking, karting, mountain biking, and zipline, all with a rainforest, beach or river as your backdrop.
For those venturing further afield taking the spectacular coastal drive from Greymouth to Wesport makes the journey as exciting as the destination. It has been listed as one of the top 10 coastal drives in the world by Lonely Planet for its breathtaking splendour.
A few of the other places worth a visit on the West Coast are the Punakaiki Pancake Rocks and Blowholes, Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers, and the West Coast Tree Tops Walkway in Hokitika.