Welcome to the heart of New Zealand’s South Island west coast. Greymouth comes from humble beginnings as a town known primarily for gold mining and jade hunting. It has since grown into a thriving hub that still maintains its small-town charm while offering many historical tributes to its origins.
Our Greymouth location situated in town is only a 4-minute shuttle drive from the TranzAlpine 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.
Your Greymouth Destination Guide
Greymouth is situated on a wedge of coast where the river meets the sea, resulting in some truly dramatic floods over the years. Don’t worry though, the townsfolk learned from their past and have since erected a floodwall between the town centre and river mouth. Consequently, the wall provides excellent views for those looking to stroll along its top.
Don’t miss a trip to this cosy coastal town on your next West Coast visit. Below are our top destinations when in Greymouth.
Ride the TranzAlpine
Before you lock in your travel plans, do yourself a favour and cruise into Greymouth aboard the ever-popular TranzAlpine – New Zealand’s self-titled greatest inland rail journey. The epic 223-kilometre trip links Christchurch to Greymouth and takes approximately five hours, promising a front row seat to the South Island’s stunning natural landscape.
Drink in striking mountain vistas and the vast Canterbury Plains. Travel the edges of the ice-fed Waimakariri River, skirt around the Southern Alps and enjoy kilometres of native beech forest. By the time you roll into Greymouth, you won’t want to step off the train.
Experience the gold rush at Shantytown
Have you ever wished you could get a sense of what New Zealand was like during the West Coast gold rushes of the 1860s? Didn’t even know New Zealand had gold rushes? Either way, Shantytown Heritage Park is the perfect place to immerse yourself in the country’s heritage at this faithfully recreated 1900s pioneer town.
The simulated town is just 10 kilometres south of Greymouth and a short drive by car. It provides guests with the ability to both observe and participate in an accurate recreation of this fascinating post-Maori colonisation period.
Sample award-winning beer at Monteith’s Brewery
The local Monteith’s Brewery is considered something of a New Zealand landmark and offers guided tours of its impressive facilities. Unlike the Colonel and his closely guarded secret herbs and spices, Monteith’s is the embodiment of the New Zealand spirit and happily shares its brewing secrets and processes with inquisitive visitors.
After your tour, make sure to sample some of their award-winning local brew, share a tasty tapas spread and generally enjoy their laid-back vibes.
Sick of sticking to the beaten path? Well, Greymouth offers a number of means to get the sweat pouring and the mud flying. For those looking to test their endurance, West Coast Bike Rentals can kit you out in all the cycling gear you’ll need to tackle the scenic bike paths that follow old bush rail lines. The full path can take up to four days for those seeking to take on the entire journey.
If you’d prefer a more motorised adventure, head on over to On Yer Bike! Choose from self-driven quad bikes or buggies and roar around the purpose-built mud tracks stretching across 16 kilometres of beautiful forest and farmland.
From history, scenery and off-road adventures, Greymouth and its surrounds offer a little bit of something for everyone.
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