Our Greymouth location situated in town is only a 4-minute shuttle drive from the Trans Alpine railway station. This makes the Greymouth location perfect and hassle-free, so start your adventure with us, save today and book an affordable car rental for your family or group adventure, with unlimited kms and 24/7 assistance.
If you find yourself out on the west coast of New Zealand’s South Island, make sure to pay a visit to the town of Greymouth. Coming from humble beginnings, this community first boomed during the jade hunting and gold mining eras of old. Since then, it has evolved into an established community that still maintains that all-important small-town charm. There are also plenty of historical tributes to the town’s beginnings if you know where to look.
Greymouth is located on a wedge of land where the river joins the ocean. This has led to some excessive floods in years gone by, but the locals quickly learned their lesson and erected a solid floodwall to separate the town centre from the widest stretch of the river. Incidentally, this wall also offers great views of the river, ocean and town for those wanting to walk along its top.
If you’re planning to visit the heart of the west coast, we list some of the top attractions when in town.
Live through the gold rush at Shantytown
If you’ve ever felt like you missed your calling as a gold rush miner, then you still have a chance to fulfil your dream. Just a short drive south of Greymouth is the simulated mining town of Shantytown Heritage Park. This immersive museum exhibition is the ultimate way to get a sense of what it was like to live in New Zealand during the gold rushes of the 1860s.
The faithfully recreated town offers visitors a chance to not only observe, but also actually experience the life of a local living in this colourful post-Maori pioneer town.
Cruise into town on the TranzAlpine
Unless you spontaneously pay Greymouth a visit, try to plan ahead and arrive on the popular TranzAlpine – the country’s most spectacular inland rail journey. Linking Christchurch to Greymouth, this 223-kilometre journey takes about 5 hours, but trusts us; you won’t want the trip to end.
This train journey promises breathtaking views of the South Island’s eclectic and rugged landscape. From the vast Canterbury Plains, to sprawling mountain vistas, you’ll get to see it all. The train skirts around the edges of the Southern Alps, hugs the ice-fed Waimakariri River and soars along kilometres of native beech forest. Needless to say, it’s one of the best ways to see the countryside in style and comfort.
If you’d rather explore off the beaten track, head to the area’s adventure centre: On Yer Bike! This outfit dishes out adrenaline and mud in equal measures. Take your pick from a range of buggies and quad bikes and tear up some sludge as you rip around the custom-built mud playground spanning 16 kilometres of untamed farmland and forest.
Cap off your trip with a refreshing nightcap
Considered something of a local legend, the Monteith’s Brewery is renowned for concocting some of the area’s finest, and award-winning brews. They’re not cagey about their secrets, however, and gladly encourage visitors to embark on a guided tour of their facilities. Once you’ve seen how the beer is made, treat yourself to ample samples and a tasty meal nestled up beside one of the cosy indoor fires.
What Greymouth lacks in size, it more than makes up for in character and charm. For those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the metropolitan areas, hit up the west coast and immerse yourself in the local community.
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