Greymouth is the largest town (population 10,000) in the West Coast region of New Zealand's South Island at the west end of the road through Arthur's Pass.


Greymouth is at the western terminus of the TranzAlpine line. The town sits along the bank of the Grey River (named in honour of Sir George Grey), about half a mile from the coast. The town suffered many floods from the river until a floodwall was built in 1992, which has saved the town from further floods. The town has several scenic walkways along the river and parks.

Greymouth still shows much of its industrial roots and would not be considered an especially attractive tourist town. Primarily recommended as a base when checking out Punakaiki (Pancake Rocks), white water rafting, kayaking, visit Shantytown or tours to Franz Josef Glacier, not as a destination in its own right.

Get in

By car

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 8.15AM and arrives at Greymouth at 12.45PM daily. Trains depart Greymouth at 2PM for Arthur's Pass National Park and Christchurch.

By bus

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

This 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:




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 St, just off Mackay Street) as well as at certain hostels and hotels.

Go next

Routes through Greymouth

Punakaiki  N  S  Hokitika
END  W  E  Hanmer Springs

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