Holidays to Greymouth, New Zealand

The terminus of the Tranz-Alpine Railway, Greymouth is a popular starting point for those venturing down the South Island’s stunning West Coast. In Greymouth itself, you can visit Shantytown, a recreated Gold Mining Town which is a throwback to the town’s roots. It’s quirky and fun, and a good place to take the kids for an afternoon of playtime. There are also a few galleries with displays of jade.

We really recommend venturing further from the town. Rapahoe beach is wild and scenic, and on a good day you can see surfers in action. If you drive further north, don’t miss Punakaiki Pancake Rocks; reached by a well maintained and easy wooden walkway, the Pancake Rocks are an introduction to the kind of dramatic scenery and geology you can expect as you travel further into the South Island. There’s also a friendly local café which makes some of the best coffee in the South Island! If you’re spending more time in Greymouth, consider renting a bike and spending some more time exploring the surrounding forests.


  • Visit Shantytown, a cultural park illustrating the town’s mining history

  • Have a pint and a tour at Monteith’s Brewery

  • Take the two hour Point Elizabeth walk from wild Rapahoe Beach

  • Venture further north along the coast to the Pancake Rocks

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Greymouth Trip Ideas

Here are some trip ideas that include Greymouth. All of our trip ideas shown below are examples, and we’ll amend, adapt or start from scratch, until we’ve created the perfect trip for you. See one you like, or have a trip in mind? Call us now to book: 020 3510 5777

Map of Greymouth