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Things to do in Greymouth

The South Island’s West Coast is one of those NZ must-visit destinations. It perfectly blends scenic coastal driving with lush, native forests, a wealth of history and more tourist attractions than you can jingle your car keys at.

Make sure you try these 10 things to do around its largest town: Greymouth.

1. Take the Train

KiwiRail Scenic’s TranzAlpine adventure is the ultimate way to get here or depart for a ride on the rails. You’ll pass through spectacular locations such as Arthur’s Pass and Moana, with the Southern Alps as a dramatic backdrop.

If you’re arriving by train at Greymouth, Ace Rental Cars can come and pick you up to take you to your West Coast rental car.

2. Shanty Town

Step back through time just south of Greymouth with a visit to the historic Shantytown Heritage Park. Here you can ride a charming steam train, pan for gold, explore the village and more!

3. West Coast Wilderness Trail

Cyclists will love the West Coast Wilderness Trail. Along this excellent track, you’ll see natural beauty like nothing else, and maybe a few native birds. If you don’t want to do the whole thing, simply drive to where you’d like to start instead.

4. Nile River Caving

Just north, in Charleston, join in the fun of caving, rafting and exploring NZ’s underworld. Companies such as Underworld Adventures offers blackwater rafting, glow worm tours and adventure caving here.

5. Denniston Plateau

At the Denniston Experience, you will be taken on a guided tour through an original 1880s coal mine, where you can get hands-on and see what life was like for the miners of yesteryear.

6. Hokitika Gorge Scenic Reserve

Not too far south of Greymouth is the Hokitika Gorge Scenic Reserve. Here you can walk along a rimu and podocarp-lined track to see gorgeous turquoise water, or drive in a loop past Lake Kaniere and back to the Hokitika itself.

7. Franz Josef/Fox Glaciers

Keep going south and you can visit the famous Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers. These blue and white colossi are spectacular to view from a distance, and tours are available to let you explore them in more detail.

8. Lake Brunner, Moana

Lake Brunner is the largest lake in the northwest South Island, and has a bounty of walking tracks, not to mention no less than a few great fishing spots.

9. Quad biking

Quad bike adventures are popular here, with the company On Yer Bike! a two-time Certificate of Excellence winner on TripAdvisor. Here you can try quad biking, four-wheel driving, go-kart racing, eight-wheel driving and riding in a Hagglund.

10. Greymouth-Westport driving

One of AA Travel’s ‘101 Must-Dos for Kiwis’ is the Greymouth-Westport driving route. It takes you past world-famous natural sights such as the Pancake Rocks, Paparoa National Park and, of course, pristine coastal views.

Ace Rental Cars Greymouth Location

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A rental car’s a rental car. A moving metallic shell capable of travelling at relatively high speeds from one point to another, safely harbouring people and said people’s material goods en route. It’s a means of getting from A to B, a functional requirement, a literal vehicle to something much bigger. An experience.

An experience is something that helps to define us, that inspires us, that makes us more alive, more human. It’s a breath of mountain fresh air. The feel of a wind on our face. The filtered orange glow of a breaking dawn. The pulse-racing rush of adrenaline, the quivering anticipation of a journey unknown.

An experience is something that validates our sense of who we are. It becomes weaved into the fabric of our existence. It can be brought to mind on a whim to help us escape to a better time. It lives on in us. Forever.

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