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 Explore West Coast website.
Exploring the West Coast
Make the most of your West Coast experience by booking one of these special tours organised by the 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.
VIP Kiwi and Tuatara backstage pass
West Coast Wildlife Centre
Visit New Zealand's rarest kiwi, the Rowi Kiwi and enjoy a VIP Backstage Kiwi and Tuatara tour. You’ll go behind the scenes to the Kiwi incubation and egg hatching facility. See live Kiwi chicks between October - March (subject to change for the breeding season). Take a photo of a "rowi" kiwi chick. Rated one of Lonely Planets "Must Do New Activities in NZ".
Explore Lake Brunner and
Brunner Mine Site Tour
Enjoy a boat cruise on around Lake Brunner taking in the surrounding township and wildlife and hear stories of the Maori occupation of the land the milling of native trees. Then visit the Brunner Mine Site, a heritage site that dates back to the 1860’s and cross the Brunner suspension footbridge which spans the Grey River, linking both sides of the mine site.
Shantytown Heritage Park &
Monteith's Brewery Tour Package
Two of Greymouth's icons in one tour. You’ll visit a recreated gold-rush village, see the Museum, Steam Collection and Foundry, enjoy a Steam Train ride, visit Chinatown and the Sawmill, watch the Holographic Theatre and take the opportunity to go panning for Gold. Monteith’s Brewery is a local brewery and something of a New Zealand legend, they offer a brewery experience and guide you through the traditions and heritage of brewing. You’ll then get the opportunity to taste some of the brews.
Shantytown Heritage Park Tour
with Gold Panning
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.
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.
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 Explore West Coast 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.