Positioned at the mouth of the Grey River, Greymouth is the commercial centre for the region and the largest town on the West Coast. Surrounded by relics of the gold rush during the 1860s, old machinery, tunnels, water races and ghost towns can still be found - and panning for gold in the hills remains a popular pursuit. For a realistic look into the gold rush era, board the steam train at Shantytown or wander through this 19th century replica of a gold mining settlement. It has a jail, gold claims office and shops.
At Greymouth's History House, an historic collection of photographs and memorabilia reflects the heritage of the area. Visit the Jade Boulder Gallery and the Left Bank Art Gallery, which houses the only collection of contemporary greenstone carvings (the beautiful stone traditionally treasured by Maori and found throughout the West Coast). Monteith's Brewing Company provides tours of its brewery, with tastings of their excellent ales. The famous Tranz Alpine Train departs daily from Greymouth's station. There are plenty of adventure tours that also depart from Greymouth including heli rafting, 4W bikes, 4WD ventures, glow worm cave rafting, white water rafting and fly fishing.
Interislander Summer Festival Greymouth Gallops
The Best of Modern Musicals
Art In the Park
Around Brunner Cycle Ride