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Greymouth is on the West Coast of New Zealand's South Island at the west end of the road through Arthur's Pass.

Understand

Greymouth is at the western terminus of the TranzAlpine line. Although it is located on the South Island's west coast, locals say the town has its "back" to the ocean. Rather than being built directly along the shore, the town sits along the riverbank, about two miles inland. The town has several scenic walkways along the river and parks, and is a good launching point for other nearby destinations.

Get in

By Car

Approximately 2.5 hours drive north of Fox Glacier.

By Train

See also Train travel in New Zealand

Greymouth Train Station, the western terminus of the TranzAlpine line from Christchurch.

The world famous TranzAlpine, operated by Tranz Scenic departs from Christchurch station at 8.15 and arrives at Greymouth at 12.45pm daily. Trains depart Greymouth at 2:00pm for Arthur's Pass National Park and Christchurch.

By Bus

Naked Bus [1] operate daily services to and from Nelson, Fox Glacier, Franz Josef and Queenstown with fares starting at $1.

West Coast Shuttle daily service to Christchurch leaving the town I site at 08.00hrs 7 days a week. toilet on board and chilled bottled water available on board. ph 64 3 7680028 email travel@westcoastshuttle.co.nz

By Air

Greymouth does have an airport (code GMN), at the present time no regularly scheduled flights arrive or depart here, although charter flights can be arranged.

Get around

Greymouth is a small town and you can easily walk to inns and restaurants within the town. If you want to go further afield, your choices are:

  • Taxi - Greymouth Taxis, 138 Mackay Street, phone (3) 768-7078. A block or two from the train station, Greymouth Taxis can arrange trips to nearby destinations.
  • Rental Car - The Greymouth train station has rental car counters from Hertz, Budget and a variety of discount agencies. Advance reservations are recommended.
  • Organized Tours - Several tour companies will pick you up at your inn, take you to nearby destinations, then return you to your hotel (or to the train station in time for your departing train). Check brochures in the train station or at your hotel.

See

Do

  • Monteith's Brewery. Tours.

Go cave rafting.

Shantytown

Buy

A large supermarket, as well as "The Warehouse", a large general goods type store, are located next to the train station, making Greymouth a good place to stock up on essentials for your trip. (Note you must walk around the station to enter their parking lot; do not cross the railroad tracks at the station and try to climb over the fence).

Eat

  • Bonzai Pizza, 31 Mackay Street, phone (03) 768-4170. Good pizza in a friendly casual atmosphere. Order at the counter then sit down at a table or booth.

Drink

Sleep

Backpackers

  • Global Village Backpackers, 42-54 Cowper Street, Greymouth, [2]. $NZ 17 - 44. Lowest prices offered to BBH members. Very clean, friendly backpackers.

Bed & Breakfast

  • Golden Coast B&B [3] 10 Smith Street, Greymouth, phone (03) 768-7839 The first B&B to open in Graymouth, in 1967. Three clean rooms and with shared bathrooms, plus ensuite unit. Friendly owner. NZ$75 - $130 per night, depending on room and number of guests. Breakfast included. Located 200 meters above the train station (from train station, take sidewalk up to bridge, do not cross river, instead turn right and walk up to Smith Street.)

Communicate

Wireless Internet is available for free at the public library (18 Albert Street, just off Mackay Street) as well as at certain hostels and hotels.

Get out

Visit the biggest and less crowded glacier - the Fox Glacier located 2.5 hours drive south of Greymouth.



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