The West Coast
In New Zealand, the "West Coast" generally refers to the narrow strip of land between the South Island's Southern Alps and the Tasman Sea. The West Coast is memorable for its mountain peaks, massive glaciers, bizarre limestone landscapes, mysterious lakes and raging rivers, lush rainforest and a magnificent, wild coastline. It's also memorable for its people - interesting, humorous, outdoorsy types who can tell you an interesting story or two if you have time to listen.
It is highly likely that glorious image of New Zealand you see in a book, calendar, magazine or poster is from the South Island's West Coast. It contains the largest area of protected land of any region in New Zealand and provides access to five of New Zealand's 13 national parks. The southern West Coast area has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its uniqueness and recognition as a "special place" in the world.
Greymouth is situated at the mouth of the Grey River, from which it takes its name. It is the largest town on the West Coast and is the commercial centre of the region. As such, it offers a range of retail, banking, medical, dental and other services.
The TranzAlpine train arrives from and departs to Christchurch daily. Transport services to and from other South Island and West Coast centres are provided by a number of coach and shuttle companies.
The Greymouth area offers visitors a wide range of outdoor experiences as listed. You will also discover jade carving, several art galleries, museums, and a variety of café, dining and accommodation services
Outdoor Adventure Experiences
- On Your Bike adventures (quad bike and 4x4 off-road)
- Hot tracks (ex-military carriers) built for extreme terrain. From mild to wild!
- Mountain biking
- River and cave rafting
- Scenic flights
- Helicopter flights and glacier landings
- And much more!
- Shantytown (a unique historic village)
- Monteiths Brewery (guided tours)
- Walkways with amazing scenery
- Cafe and dining
- 5 minute walk to the beach for incredible sunsets over the Tasman Sea!
- 2 minute drive to Greymouth's Aquatic Centre.
- 40 minute drive to Punakaiki Pancake Rocks
- 2 hours drive to glaciers