Greymouth is considered the heart of the West Coast, and well worth a visit either before or after your Paparoa Track experience. It’s the largest town on the West Coast and the arrival point for the Tranz Alpine Train from Christchurch. Sample the beer at the famous Monteith’s Brewery and listen to wild West Coast stories.

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A must-do, join the fully guided 45-minute brewery tour, a tasting tray of speciality handcrafted beers and ciders or relax for a drink and enjoy the range of produce from the tapas style tasting menu.


TranzAlpine Train

The TranzAlpine Train runs everyday between Christchurch and Greymouth return. Once you have finished the Paparoa Track, take a shuttle to Greymouth then complete your West Coast experience by catching the train back to Christchurch. Rest your legs and experience some really amazing scenery as you cross the mountainous spine of the South Island of New Zealand. Enjoy the stunningly beautiful, ever changing natural landscapes.

Departs Christchurch: 8.15am, arrives Greymouth: 1.05pm
Departs Greymouth: 2.05pm, arrives Christchurch: 6.31pm

Shantytown Heritage Experience

Located just 10km south of Greymouth, Shantytown is a faithfully recreated 1900s pioneer town, born out of, and stimulated by, the great West Coast gold rushes of the 1860s. Ride the Steam Train, pan for your own gold, experience the Sawmill, discover Chinatown, and many more activities for all the family.

Westland Recreation Centre

Fancy a swim or soak in the spa after a long day? The Westland Recreation Centre has swimming pools, hydroslides, spa, sauna and a gym. Something for the whole family.