Welcome to Blackball
Ramshackle Blackball is a shadow of its mining glory days, but this spirited town offers more than meets the eye. Around 25km upriver of Greymouth, Blackball was established in 1866 to service gold diggers; coal mining kicked in between 1890 and 1964. The National Federation of Labour (a trade union) was conceived here, born from influential strikes in 1908 and 1913.
Amazing hotels and hostels
We've pre-picked the best hotels, hostels and bed and breakfasts to make your stay as enjoyable as possible.