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New Zealand jade, gold, and beer are all parts of Greymouth's history. The West Coast is full of natural wonders, and Greymouth is the main service town. Its position makes it a great place to pick up a rental car.
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Best time to visit Greymouth
Weather-wise, the best time to plan an unforgettable holiday in Greymouth is in winter (June, July, and August). During the winter time, the weather is pleasant and perfect for sightseeing and for those who enjoy the different activities this town has to offer.
At this time of the year, visitors and travellers can enjoy outdoor activities without feeling the heat or dehydrated. You can also visit the Greymouth during summer (December, January, and February) and spring (September, October, and November) as the seasons as they are normally mild.
Driving tips in Greymouth
The travel time from Greymouth to Christchurch is more than three hours. A great idea is to travel to Greymouth from Christchurch on the KiwiRail TranzAlpine express. You will need a car in order to fully explore the township and the surrounding area in style and comfort, as some of its best attractions are off the beaten track.
In Westport, a stunning scenic 90 minute drive away from Greymouth, you can experience all things Whitebait, and soak up some West Coast hospitality at the Westport Whitebait Festival.
Is it your first time visiting New Zealand? Read our driving tips to help prepare for your holiday.
Located on the west coast of the South Island of New Zealand, Greymouth is the largest town in the region and a great place to hire a car and start your driving holiday. Greymouth itself has everything a tourist needs, with accommodation, shops, cafes and restaurants. Just check out our selection of things to do below...
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Kiwi Rail TranzAlpine Scenic Journey
One of the world's most famous train journeys takes you on a spectacular route from Greymouth to Christchurch, past Punakaiki Pancake rocks, wild rivers, glaciers, a thick native forest, alongside the chiseled alpine landscape of the Southern Alps, deep into the gorge sides of the Waimakariri River and along the plains of the Canterbury farmlands.
Shantytown Heritage Park
A 10-minute drive south of Greymouth you'll discover a recreated gold rush town based on the 19th century setlement that once existed on the West Coast. Dedicated to preserving the town's unique history, Shantytown provides lots of attractions including the Kaitangata, a restored engine which takes you to your very own gold panning experience (where you get to keep your winnings) and back to the pub where you can finish off with a cold one. Cheers!
Great Coast Road [Scenic Drive]
Selected as one of the Top 10 Coastal Drives in the world by Lonely Planet, this 90-minute drive from Greymouth to Westport takes you on a scenic journey through nikau rainforest, alongside the Tasman Sea, past wildlife and through little bustling townships such as Runanga, Rapahoe, Barrytown, Punakaiki, Fox River and Charleston - each offering something unique.
Ranked #1 of the 20 hotels in Greymouth, this clean and modern accomodation offers quality at an affordable price. With MySKy, free Wi-Fi and luxury spa baths, its central location makes it a great base while you explore the region of Greymouth.
Global Village Backpackers
Apart from the obvious comfortable, clean, modern facilities and rooms, this backpacker accommodation provides a quality experience that takes you to all sorts of exotic, fascinating places with its exciting and subtle collection of international artworks that fill this lively hostel.
Jackson's Retreat Campground
Address: 4464 Otira Highway Jacksons 7832
If you are in a camper, or have a tent packed away in the boot of your rental car, try this unique spot on State Highway 73, 45 minutes from Greymouth. It is strategically positioned between Christchurch, the West Coast, and the glacier country. You can view the famous Tranz Alpine Express passing, explore the region by bike, or fish in nearby lakes.
Not only a great place to eat, but a great place to drink some of the finest brewed beer in the country, as Monteiths is a leader in New Zealand's craft beer market. This bar and restaurant offers a unique experience where the menu is tailored to the variety of drinks provided.
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