Welcome to the ‘Big Smoke’ of Westland. Crouched at the mouth of the imaginatively named Grey River, the West Coast’s largest town has a proud gold-mining history, and a legacy of occasional river floods, now somewhat alleviated by a flood wall.
On the main road and rail route through Arthur’s Pass and across the Southern Alps from Christchurch, Greymouth sees its fair share of travellers. The town is well-geared to look after them, with all the necessary services and the odd tourist attraction, the most famous of which is Shantytown.
Greymouth destination guides
Glaciers and West Coast Trekking
Explore glaciers and remote hot pools set in spectacular mountains and primal rainforests
Marlborough and West Coast Cycle
Cycle from beech forests to beaches to discover wilderness, wines & wildlife