Greymouth, New Zealand
Greymouth, New Zealand is the largest town on the West Coast, and is located on the Grey River. The explorer Thomas Brunner in 1846 named the river after Sir George Grey, who was Governor of New Zealand at the time. After settlement Greymouth became a major coal and gold mining centre. When the mining industry declined in Greymouth, the region developed into forestry and fishing. Greymouth has shops, banks and all the other services of a small town.
Around Greymouth there are a range of attractions and activities for visitors. You could try your hand with white water rafting, canoeing, caving, mountain biking, quad biking or 4WD off road. You could try your hand at gold panning, seek out some jade carving, or visit an art gallery. A spectacular 40 minute coastal drive north of Greymouth is one of New Zealand's best known attractions, the famous Pancake Rocks and Blowholes.
Greymouth is also the terminus for The TranzAlpine train, which arrives from and departs to Christchurch daily. A very popular way is to take the TranzAlpine train to or from Christchurch, and then combine with a car rental to or from Greymouth. Greymouth also has regular coach services that connect with services between Nelson and the West Coast glaciers with the TranzAlpine train.
Greymouth weather and other west coast towns experience a high average rainfall, with a real possibility for torrential rain. Average annual rainfall for Greymouth, New Zealand is 2875 mm. Greymouth can also experience clear, sunny days, with an average of 1860 hours per year. The combination of sun, rain and mild temperatures combine to produce lush rainforest throughout the region. In summer the temperature averages 17°C, whilst in winter temperatures average 9°C.