Where to go is outdoors. Irresistible West Coast scenery is the drawcard. The attraction of a pristine native forest wrapped around mountain ranges, lush dense coastal forests and untamed wild ocean beaches creates memory moments. Stunning, unforgettable are geological sculptural arches, layers to the world’s most accessible glaciers. There are places to go that suit every taste. Glorious scenery is folded into visitor experiences from wild water jet boating, kayaking, horse trekking, bird watching on lagoon waterways and, let’s get your gold prospecting skills polished, gold panning.
Greymouth is the arrival point for the Tranzalpine train from Christchurch. Greymouth has galleries specialising in pounamu (jade) jewellery and objects, local art works and artisan goods using upcycled materials. Greymouth has a substantial number of architectural heritage sites worth spending time wandering around town. The Floodwall walk is a heritage highlight with the power of the sea, river mouth sandbars and the difficulty of maintaining the Greymouth Port graphically illustrated. Greymouth offers visitors easy access to the iconic Punakaiki Pancake Rocks, Charleston and underground caving and plenty of outdoor walks exploring old gold mining sites.
… learn more Greymouth travel guide – Best Bits.
Hokitika, is a cool little town from great coffee, cafes, shopping for pounamu creations, a waterproof jacket to spectacular scenery at its doorstep. The dramatic beach with the well known driftwood signage is fun. There are wild westie rivers, mountains and two glorious deep inky lakes to explore. The place is a tourist hub with excellent galleries, shops and creative places to indulge in some retail therapy.
You have arrived in Greymouth and collected your rental vehicle. Check the travel guides for Greymouth, Westport and Hokitika to select your bucket list must-do activities and enjoy deciding the best place to base yourself.
|Hokitika||37 km||30 mins|
|Punakaiki||47 km||45 min|
|Westport||102 km||1 hr 30 min|
Your enquiry has been successfully sent. We will contact your shortly.
You will get your insider discount checklist shortly.