Greymouth

Grey District Council
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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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Hokitika Wild Foods Festival 2019

"Explore West Coast icons of Whitebait & Venison."

The iconic Hokitika Wildfoods Festival has an extra special program lined up for our 30th birthday!

Sink your teeth into the all-day festival. Tempt your taste buds with all types of Wildfoods from the quintessential delicacies of Whitebait and Venison to the ‘almost’ inedible icons of the Wildfoods Festival: Mountain Oysters, (lamb testicles!), Huhu grubs, Colostrum shooters and Possum kebabs!

Be entertained with live music all day, Boris the wild pig mascot, Monteiths beer tent, buskers, huge kiddie corner and of course the intrinsic “Feral Fashion’ contest where you can wear your wild!

"We dare you……take a walk on the wild side!"

With over 50 Stallholders it is fair to say every realm of Wildfoods will be explored and catered for those at the Festival, from the West Coast icons of Whitebait and Venison to the edible icons of Aotearoa and abroad from the river, sea, bush, plains and mountains all of your senses will be captivated at Cass Square. From delicacy to disgusting, we have oyster to mountain oysters and everything in between.

Tickets for the festival are ON SALE NOW!

The entertainment line up will continue to be released during December and January and will provide something for everyone from bouncy castles, face painting and balloons to locally, nationally and internationally renowned artists, so keep your eyes peeled for this.

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Progamme

All day Wildfoods cuisine, music and entertainment

10am: Festival opens

12pm: Mihi and Karakia

12.15pm: NZ Army Band

Live music

2pm: Feral Fashion

4.30pm: Stall holder Prizegiving

Live Music

8pm: NZ Army Band

Late: March into town with NZ Army Band to Beach

For full event details please visit: www.wildfoods.co.nz

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Certified Self Contained Motorhome / Caravan Parking

Festival organisers have arranged a number of suitable parking locations for Certified Self Contained Motorhomes and Caravans to park up and enjoy the festival over the weekend. You will need to make seperate arrangements with your choice of parking location, below are the first two options that have been confirmed by the organisers.

Sunset Point Beach Campsite

Click here to book online or alternatively contact Marie on 03 755 8915 or marie@cuffs.co.nz between 8am-5pm Monday-Friday.

Price:

$40 per person for weekend paid at the time of booking. Credit cards, direct credit and cheques accepted. No refunds.

Opening Times:

From Friday 8th March, 10am to Sunday 10th March, 12noon.

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Westland Highschool Motorhome & Caravan Campsite

Contact Hokitika iSite on 03 755 6166 between 8am-6pm 7 days a week or email isite@destinationwestland.co.nz

Price:

$40 per person for weekend paid at the time of booking. Credit cards, direct credit and cheques accepted. No refunds.

Opening Times:

Strictly from 4pm Friday 8th March, 12 noon Sunday 11th March.

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More sites to come - for full information for the campsites please visit the festival website: https://wildfoods.co.nz/accommodation/

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Cobden Island

Lower-lying parts of Cobden Island, a wetland, are being turned into a whitebait sanctuary with over 2 km of channels dug out so far, with more planned over the next 3 years using DOC funding.  This project was started two and a half years ago and over 9000 native plants have been planted, mainly flax, along their margins.  Whitebait are already using the channels, which we have discovered also make a very pleasant round trip by canoe.  Walking tracks are being developed, access to them is from the floodwall at the end of Cardwell St. Cobden.     All of this is on Grey District Council land so it is publically accessible so this sanctuary is becoming a recreation area as well. 

 

Note also that the former rubbish dump between th

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