The largest town on the west coast of New Zealand’s South Island, Greymouth sits at the mouth of the Grey River and is most often used by tourists as a gateway to the more popular attractions that surround it.
The city does have an airport, but it mostly just serves charter flights rather than regularly scheduled arrivals and departures. Instead, the best way to access Greymouth is either by car, bus, or taking the train along the scenic railway and arriving at Greymouth Railway Station
, which is located right in the city center and within easy reach of many of the hotels in Greymouth.
One of the biggest attractions in Greymouth is Shantytown Heritage Park
, which brings its visitors face to face with a carefully recreated pioneer town from the 1900s, complete with hands-on exhibits and activities that give people a real sense of what it must have been like to live in New Zealand during the early days of post-Maori colonization. This is a very popular destination among most tourists to Greymouth, especially since it’s only about 10 kilometers outside of the city.
As Greymouth is located on the mouth of the Grey River, there are several kayaking and river rafting tours that can be arranged through most of the hotels in the city. Take an adventure tour through the rainforest, or plan a scenic flight around the beautiful coastline. Whatever the activity, most hotels or the Greymouth i-SITE Visitor Information Center
can help arrange the perfect plan for seeing everything this city has to offer.
Find out where the rest of Greymouth’s hotels, attractions, and must-see destinations are located by exploring the interactive map on this page.