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