GREYMOUTH

Greymouth is another of those towns that has suffered with a decline in economic activity. Like Westport Greymouth is sitting on rich reserves of coal, and that coal remains untouched.

Greymouth has a rich history and is an ‘old’ town. Coal and gold were the early key economic drivers and now services and tourism are those commercial drivers that the town is dependant.

When the mining industry started to decline, forestry became a new staple industry. Fishing has long been important to the town, despite the fact that the entrance to the Grey River has two notoriously dangerous sandbars– an inner and outer bar.

The town also has a local brewery, Monteith's, which produces beer since 1868, now sold countrywide. If visiting this must do because significant elements of history are covered in the tour.

In fact it noted that one point in Greymouth's history there were over 30 hotels in the area. The Greymouth Museum covers this subject in a little detail.

Greymouth, even though an old town has lost all of the ‘traditional’ churches and this somewhat symbolises the Greymouth profile. The churches were grand affairs, but lack of maintenance had the buildings become unsafe, and very expensive to renovate.

The War Memorial is on the fringe of the town.

A little south of Greymouth is Kunara Junction, the start point of the 'coast to coast' event. 5k from the junction is the village of Kunara. The hotel is the last fully commercial venture at Kunara

 

 

Greymouth is a very interesting town, and over a day is required to take in what is on offer.

 

 

Fireplace Dump Station
General Store Bottled Gas
Internet Caravan
Camping 4WD
Kitchen Facilities Disabled access
Laundry Toilets
Campervans Accommodation
Meals Airport
Pets Allowed   Boat Ramp
Telephone Picnic Area
Roadside Rest Area Electricity
Scenic Swimming
Tap water   Thermal Area
Stream Water   Walking tracks
Rotary Club Lions Club
Gymnasium   Gardens
Winery Whitewater Rafting
Surfing   Skydiving
Skiing Scenic Flights
Postal Service Police
Movie Location   Mountain Biking
Kayaking Jet Boating
Information Hospital
Hang Gliding Golf Course