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Greymouth is the geographic and commercial ‘Heart of the West Coast’ and also the largest town. You’ll find the town surrounded by lush green hills to the east, the picturesque Tasman Sea to the west and mighty Southern Alps to the south. Its central location makes it an ideal base to explore the beautiful region of the West Coast of the Southern Alps, recently voted by lonely planet as ‘one of the top 10 regions to visit in the world’.

Of gold and jade

A small rural town, you’ll find all the key amenities and services you may require while on the West Coast. Greymouth boasts a good range of accommodation including seaside holiday parks and scenic freedom camping sites.  Experience a visual feast of jade carving at Shades of Jade and stunning photography at the Stewart Nimmo gallery, both located within Greymouth’s town centre. You’ll also find a great selection of cafés, restaurants and boutique shopping, perfect for a coffee or retail fix. Other amenities include the Grey District Aquatic Centre with swimming pools, hydroslides, spa and sauna, History House Museum, full of local and regional treasures and the Regent Theatre, the district’s newly modernised 3D cinema.

With 65% of the district covered in Department of Conservation land, there are a great number of short walks, single and multi-day treks and lookouts for you to wander. Spot seals at Point Elizabeth, view the huge range of birdlife at the Cobden lagoon and enjoy the stunning views of the Southern Alps and Mt Cook.

Greymouth is also one of only a few locations around the world where you can view a katabatic wind formation. Known locally as the ‘Barber’ it is truly picturesque as the clouds move up the valley and tumble over the hills and also a fantastic photographic opportunity! 

Grey District council Telephone: 03 769 8600

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Goldfields Cavalcade to Hawea 2019

Join us in Hawea for the 27th Goldfields Cavalcade.

Hawea is located in the Upper Clutha area of Central Otago – and is very excited to be the host town for the 27th Goldfields Cavalcade. The various Cavalcade trails (horse, wagon, cycling, walking and running trails) will start on the 23rd February from different locations in northern Southland, Central Otago and South Canterbury and then converge on Hawea on Saturday, 2nd March 2019.

On that day, up to 500 cavalcaders will arrive at the Hawea Domain for the Grand Parade - which will be followed by a fantastic Market Day with lots of food, festivities and entertainment. In the evening there will be the traditional Cavalcade “Hoedown” - with a sit-down dinner, live entertainment and “toe tapping” dancing to follow. 

Tickets should also be available for visitors to the Hoedown dinner and subsequent festivities – but numbers are likely to be limited! Tickets can be purchased on the website (depending on availability). Please keep an eye on the website for updates on the ticketing process.

Visit the Facebook or our website  for further information and regular news updates over the coming weeks.

There are many other attractions for those visiting the Hawea area - which is renowned for its spectacular mountain and lake scenery.  Walking, cycling, fishing, boating, ‘adrenaline’ sports and retail therapy opportunities abound!  Wanaka is just 15 km away - and the Wanaka A & P Show is being held the following week, on 8-9th March. So, the Upper Clutha area will be buzzing with activity during this period.

For general enquiries please call Errol Carr 027 938 2928


Certified Self Contained Motorhome/Caravan Parking

The NZMCA has a designated motorhome/Caravan parking site available for members immediately adjacent to the Hawea Domain Cavalcade site.

  • The camping fee will be $15 per van for the duration of your stay with an additional $5 per person entry fee to the Cavalcade site for the Grand Parade and Market Day.
  • Parking will be available from 10.00am on Friday 1st March 19 until midday Sunday 3rd March 19 - it is preferrable to arrive on Friday as the Cavalcade will be entering on the roads on Saturday.
  • No booking required for parking.
  • Pets are welcome, but must be controlled and on a leash at all times.

Please contact Prue or Harry Brenssell should you have any parking queries on 03 446 6552 or 027 224 2564

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Greymouth has Great Beer 2

Some beer drinkers are fiercely loyal to their favoured brews so if you like drinking your ale within a truly historic setting, nothing is more appropriate than enjoying some traditional West Coast fare (wild pork comes to mind) with a beer to match at Speight's Alehouse housed in Greymouth's old government building circa 1900s.

The solid brick building evokes that sturdy West Coast character as well as a heft that is necessary to withstand the mighty Grey River which occasionally bursts its banks. At one time, the entire ground floor level of the building was under flood waters.

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