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