Greymouth

Greymouth

Greymouth is a town of about 10,000 and the main centre for tourists who are exploring the west coast of New Zealand's South Island. 

Exploring the West Coast

On State Highway 6, which connects it with Hokitikia (in the south) and Westport (in the north), Greymouth also provides the turn-off to State Highway 7, enabling motorists to traverse the island to its east coast. 

Located at the mouth of the Grey River, on a clear day you can see Aoraki/Mt Cook to the south of the town. 

The famous TranzAlpine train also terminates at Greymouth.

Greymouth's major industries include fishing, mining, forestry and ecotourism. The town is also the centre of a traditional Maori carving industry that uses Pounamu (or greenstone), which is a form of jade. The town is also proud of its local brewery, Monteith's, which has made beer since 1864 and provides it to the rest of New Zealand.

Admire the Pancake Rocks

A popular tourist attraction, less than an hour's drive north of Greymouth, are the Pancake Rocks at Punakaiki. Allow an hour or more to wander around the rocks, and photograph these unique formations. You can head further south to see the Franz Josef Glacier and Fox Glacier.