Welcome to the Gateway of the West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand - Greymouth!
Greymouth i-SITE West Coast Travel Centre, in the Historic Greymouth Railway Station is located in the centre of Greymouth township on New Zealand's wild West Coast.
Greymouth lies beside the Tasman Sea and the Grey River. It is the geographic and commercial heart of the West Coast / Westland region, with the largest population.
The Grey River has an ancient history - it was the landing place for Maori canoes visiting these shores for Greenstone or Pounamu – the Jade that was Westland’s most prized possession.
Greymouth is situated at the mouth of the Grey River and is the largest town on the West Coast. It was named in honour of Sir George Grey, the Governor of New Zealand at the time. It is the commercial centre of Westland.
The Grey river gap has great significance in Maori myth. From a distance the hills that boarder the area are seen as two giant Tuatara drinking from the waters. This is a place of power and sacredness, for Tuatara, a survivor from the age of reptiles.
In January 1848 on a visit to Mawhera, Thomas Brunner journeyed up the river which he named the Grey River to honour the then Governor of New Zealand, Sir George Grey.
In 1868, the town took the name Greymouth from its situation at the mouth of the Grey River.
The town of Greymouth being centrally located, is an ideal base to explore our beautiful region.
From the stunning Coast Road rated one of the best coastal drives in the world you can visit Punakaiki and the Pancake Rocks and travel through to Westport, a port town with coal mining history.
Travelling South of Greymouth offers the town of Hokitika a vibrant place known for its art culture. Two to three hours drive through to the Glaciers Franz Josef and Fox Glacier well known tourist towns for there Glacier Walks and Helicopter Scenic Flights.
Inland of Greymouth travels through rich farm land to Lake Brunner or to Reefton the Gold Mining heart of the West Coast.
Greymouth is a great place to stay and base yourself for a few days of exploring the Wild West Coast!