Greymouth is the largest town on the South Island's West Coast, and is located
at the mouth of the Grey River. It was named for Governor George Grey, a
key figure in colonial New Zealand. Residents of Greymouth, and the rest
of Westland, are known as 'Coasters'.
a fishing boat and head out to the rich fishing grounds of the Tasman Sea.
Lake Brunner is a beautiful location to go fly fishing for brown trout.
There are three small settlements in Haast – Haast Junction, Haast
Beach and Haast itself. Each has an uncanny frontier town atmosphere. You
can almost sense the way life was back in its halcyon days.
Jackson Bay where you can see fur seals and penguins.
Go sea fishing for blue cod, trumpeter, grouper and shark.
Hokitika was the capital of the West Coast goldfields. Revell Street runs
along the foreshore and once had three opera houses and numerous hotels.
It was an important trading post, with a port that rivalled Dunedin and
can find expertly crafted pounamu (jade) jewellery for sale.
There are many other craftspeople, including gold jewellers, wood turners
Reefton owes its name to the extensive gold bearing quartz reefs that were
discovered in the late 1860s. In August 1888, Reefton turned on electric
street lighting before any other town in the southern hemisphere.
in the heart of the Victoria Conservation Park, the area is known for its
beautiful beech forests and native bird-life. Much of the character and
charm of its historic past has been preserved.
Situated where the Buller River meets the sea, Westport was first a gold
town, and then a coal town. It still operates New Zealand's only bituminous
coal mine, but is fast becoming a magnet for adventure tourism. Arts and
crafts buffs will also find plenty in this town.
jet boating, black-water rafting (underground), caving, or white-water rafting.
Visit the local fur seal colony at Cape Foulwind