Greymouth & West Coast

The TranzAlpine's western terminus is the launch-pad for exploring the incredible landscapes and industrial history of the West Coast.

Staying in Greymouth

Staying overnight in Greymouth is a great way to transform your TranzAlpine journey into an amazing short break. From Greymouth you can hire a car for a day or two and explore the West Coast or take one of the many tours offered by Explore West Coast (see below).

By staying overnight, you also have a good chance of a change of weather for the return journey. Low cloud between Otira and Greymouth is eerily beautiful, while sunny weather is spectacular - so it's nice to experience both. In winter, you also double your chances of a snow shower, which transforms the journey into a fairytale ride!

Greymouth has a number of hotels and hostels which can be viewed on the Greymouth i-Site Visitor Centre website.

 

Exploring West Coast

Make the most of your West Coast experience by booking one of these special tours organised by Explore West Coast.

Please note: These trips are only available when you book a TranzAlpine train journey. You'll need your TranzAlpine booking reference on hand when booking your tour.

 


 

Franz Josef Glacier
& Wild Life Centre

Tour length 8hr | Departing Greymouth
explore the Franz Josef on the TranzAlpine train

Take a tour south to the famous town of Franz Josef, home to one of the largest Glaciers in New Zealand. Walk along the rocky riverbed up to the terminal face of the Glacier – perfect for getting those all-important photos! This short walk is 1.5 hours return and is suitable for all ages.  On your return, visit the Wildlife Centre for an opportunity to visit our native Kiwi, Tuatara, and see the amazing interactive Glacier exhibit. 

Book now with Explore West Coast > 

 


 

Explore Lake Brunner and
Brunner Mine Site Tour

Tour length 3hr | Departing Greymouth
Discover Lake Brunner and Brunner Mine Site on the TranzAlpine

Cruise around Lake Brunner by boat while taking in the beautiful scenery and listening commentary about the region. Then tour the Brunner Mine Site, a heritage site that dates back to the 1860’s. You’ll cross the Brunner suspension footbridge which spans the Grey River and links both sides of the mine.

Book now with Explore West Coast > 

 


 

Shantytown Heritage Park &
Monteith's Brewery Tour Package

Tour length 3hr | Departing Greymouth
Discover Shantytown Heritage Park and Monteiths Brewery Tour Package on the TranzAlpine train

Take the opportunity to visit two of Greymouth’s most popular sites combined in one tour. You’ll visit Shantytown, a replica gold-rush village, where you’ll visit the Museum, enjoy a steam train ride, go panning for gold, and much more! Later you’ll visit the Monteith’s Brewery, a famous brewery in New Zealand located in the heart of Greymouth. They offer a full brewery experience, including brewing traditions, and a tour that includes some taste testing.

Book now with Explore West Coast > 

 


 

Shantytown Heritage Park Tour
with Gold Panning

Tour length 3hr | Departing Greymouth
Explore Shantytown Heritage Park Tour with Gold Panning on the TranzAlpine train

Living history in a recreated gold-rush village. Shantytown has lots to offer including a Stream Train ride, Gold panning, Chinatown, short walks and also King Dick’s café to enjoy a bit to eat while you’re exploring the history. You’ll be guided around the village and have the opportunity to try your hand at panning for gold as part this package.

Book now with Explore West Coast > 

 


 

Punakaiki Blow Holes
& Pancake Rocks

Tour length 3hr | Departing Greymouth
Explore Punakaiki Pancake Rocks on the TranzAlpine train

Travel north from Greymouth via the scenic Coast Road, seeing some of the best scenery New Zealand has to offer. This 45 minute drive will take you to the small town of Punakaiki, which is famous for the ‘pancake rock’ formations and its blow holes. The tour also allows time to explore the area, and they'll even provide you with torches to visit the near by cavern.

Book now with Explore West Coast > 

 


 

Explore Hokitika Gorge
& Tree Top Walkway

Tour length 5hr | Departing Greymouth
Visit Hokitika Gorge and the Tree Top Walkway on the TranzAlpine

Walk along the tree tops on the famous 20 metre high Tree Top Walkway. This platform has easy access for all with the option to climb to the top of the Hokitika Tower, 40 metres above the forest. Here you’ll get a 360 degree view, seeing the snow-capped Southern Alps, Lake Mahinapua, and out to the beautiful Tasman Sea. The tour will take you to the Hokitika Gorge, where you’ll cross the famous swing bridge, creating that perfect photo opportunity. 

Book now with Explore West Coast > 

 


 

Best of the West
Full Day Tour 

Tour length 8hr | Departing Greymouth
Discover the West Coast on the TranzAlpine train

Spend a day exploring the West Coast including a visit to the Punakaiki pancake rocks, Tree Top Walkway and the Hokitika Gorge famous for its vibrant blue water and tranquil setting. Travel via the Coast Road – known for its beautiful coastal views with plenty of places to stop for photos. This day excursion is jam-packed full of fun activities and a must do if you’re planning on visiting the West Coast.

Book now with Explore West Coast > 

 


 

Heart of the West Coast
Heritage Tour

Tour length 3hr | Departing Greymouth
Discover the heart of the West Coast on the TranzAlpine train

This tour will take you around the historic Brunner Mine Site. This particular site was one of the first coal mines in New Zealand around the 1860s. You’ll take a short walk over the Brunner suspension bridge and around the historic coke ovens, brick factory and what remains of the tunnel entrances. This tour also takes you to Shantytown for a flashback to historic New Zealand including gold panning, steam train rides and more!   

Book now with Explore West Coast > 

 


 

Got a question?

If you have any questions regarding the tours or accommodations please contact Explore West Coast directly. Their contact details are:


Explore west coast 

Greymouth Train Station

Phone: +64 3 768 7080 or, call free within New Zealand 0800 GREYMOUTH.

Email: info@explorewestcoast.nz

Opening Hours

Monday to Friday 9am-5pm
Saturday, Sunday and public holidays:

Summer 1st December to 30th April – 9.00am-5.00pm
Winter 1st May to 30th November – 10.00am-4.00pm

 

What you need to know (Tour Terms and Conditions)

These Terms and Conditions are for Tours only and do not apply to your TranzAlpine train journey for which you will have separate Terms and Conditions.

Please report 15 minutes prior to departure time. If you need to amend or cancel the booking reservation, please contact West Coast Travel without delay. A cancellation fee of 10% will apply.  No shows or cancellation within 24 hours of the product departure time will result in 100% cancellation fee. If your booking is affected due to train disruptions or weather related events, you will be offered a change of date or full refund.  Terms and Conditions are subject to change without notice.