Blackball is located 30km inland from Greymouth, nestled at the foothills of the Paparoa Ranges, providing a gateway to the Paparoa National Park. The Paparoa Track most logically rides from Blackball to Punakaiki, therefore it will be a great place to stay the night before you ride or walk the track. Accommodation is limited in Blackball, however we have partnered with providers and can easily arrange your pre/post Paparoa Track accommodation.
Mahi Tupuna- Blackball Museum of Working Class History
Blackball’s history is as deep and rich as the coal mines in the surrounding hills. The Museum is a charming place, made up mainly of informative panels, some as dark as coal, others that will bring an unexpected smile. The Blackball Memorial Wheel stands behind the main museum. It has 29 panels, 29 tiles, for the 29 men lost in the 2010 Pike River disaster.
The Blackball’s Inn and ’08 café
The Blackball’s Inn and ’08 café opening in August 2019 will be a gathering place for folk to enjoy good food, hot coffee, craft beer and fine wine all in a cosy relaxed atmosphere amidst books, photos and history in Blackball’s CBD. The licensed Inn, which will accommodate 8, will be open seven days for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
The Blackball Salami Company
This salami is “West Coast Perfection” at its best. Over the years, recipes have been tested, tasted, adapted and improved upon to produce a unique and comprehensive range of wonderful products. All the finest herbs and spices are used to obtain a unique quality, and they use only natural wood smoke during our smoking process. More info
Formerly the Blackball Hilton
Built in 1910, Formerly the Blackball Hilton has a long and fascinating history, with some legendary parties thrown in too! It’s the focal point of a once bustling and notorious mining village. The hotel can accommodate up to 40 people. Here you will be able to meet the locals, other visitors, get lost in the history and enjoy your favourite drink!
Emma’s Cottage is an original miner’s cottage in historic Blackball that sleeps 6. It’s in its 120th year and it’s cosy and welcoming.