Greymouth is at the western terminus of the TranzAlpine line. Although it is located on the South Island's west coast, The town sits along the bank of the Grey River (named in honour of sir george Grey), about half a mile inland. The town has suffered many floods from the river untill a floodwall was built in 1992 which has since saved the town from further floods. The town has several scenic walkways along the river and parks. Great accomodation and ideal base when checking out Punakaiki (pan cakke rocks), white water rafting, kayaking, visit Shanty Townor tours to franz Joseph Glacier.
Shanty Town is a replica gold mining town complete with sawmill, gold sluice and gold panning. A steam train runs several trips each day. Shanty town also operates New Zealands only Steam School in association with Tai poutini Polytech
Approximately 2.5 hours drive north of Fox Glacier. From Christchuch 250 Kilometers 3.5 hours Punakaiki 45min, Westport 1.5 hours, Reefton 1.0 hour
See also Train travel in New Zealand
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.
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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.
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:
Kea tours or book on line http://www.keatours.co.nz/
Go cave rafting.
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).
Bed & Breakfast
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.
A nice hike, the Point Elizabeth Trail, connects Rapahoe, just north of Greymouth, to a northerly "suburb" of Greymouth, on the north side of the river. This is probably most practical if you can be dropped off at one end and picked up at the other end.
Visit the biggest and less crowded glacier - the Fox Glacier located 2.5 hours drive south of Greymouth.