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Greymouth

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Introduction

Greymouth is the largest town on the west coast and lies at the mouth of the Grey River.

It was an important port during the gold rush, and continued to thrive when the mining boom came to an end. Old photographs and memorabilia in the History House Museum reveal the region's mining and nautical past.

Also worth visiting is Shantytown, a recreation of an 1880s gold mining settlement, ten kilometres south of Greymouth, where visitors can learn about prospecting and try panning for gold themselves.

It's a friendly town, although it is mainly used by travellers as a stop-off. Greymouth marks one end of the TranzAlpine Train and the Great Alpine Highway, both of which connect it to Christchurch on the east coast.

The driving route is one of the most scenic in the country, crossing the Southern Alps by way of Arthur's Pass - a rugged mountain pass 920-metres above sea level.

The eponymous national park is a popular destination for walking, climbing and skiing.

Top itineraries in Greymouth

New Zealand by Motorhome

20-day motorhome self-drive from £3,900 pp incl. flights

From the subtropical beaches of the Bay of Islands, the geothermal pools of Rotorua and wine lands of Hawke's Bay to the majestic glaciers of Fox and Franz Josef and the towering peaks of the Southern Alps, New Zealand is home to some of the world's most spectacular driving routes.

Wilderness Highlights of New Zealand

23-day tailor-made self-drive from £6,460 pp incl. flights

Discover the Bay of Islands, Coromandel and Rotorua on the North Island and Kaikoura, Fox Glacier and Fiordland on the South Island at your own pace, with the chance to sample a full range of off-the-beaten track adventures and excursions.

Culinary Highlights of New Zealand

25-day tailor-made self-drive from £6,985 pp incl. flights

Covering many of New Zealand's highlights, this luxury self-drive starts in Auckland in the North Island, New Zealand's City of Sails and ends in the South Island at the picturesque lakeside town of Queenstown in the heart of the Southern Alps.

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