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Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » West Coast » Greymouth September 22nd 2014

While seemingly the rest of the country is being hammered by a strong south-westerly and showers with snow on the Central Plateau, we, on the West Coast of the South Island are bathed in bright sunshine. With just a short drive today down to Rapahoe, north of Greymouth, we enjoyed another long lie in bed listening to the post election interviews on Newstalk ZB. Breakfast was again leisurely and this morning we opened the kitchen window a little to ensure that any well fired toast didn’t set the smoke alarm off again. Our holiday home certainly had all that we needed and we would come back and stay again when we are in this part of the coast again. The drive into Westport from Waimangaroa was a fairly straight run of 10km except for a railway ... read more
The weka who came from nowhere
Following us to the walkway
Cape Foulwind on a not too bad day

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » West Coast » Greymouth March 7th 2014

Geo: -42.4576, 171.206 The intercity bus picked me up from Yha to go to Greymouth for the Transalphine train to Christchurch and on the way we stopped at Harihari, Hokitika and Kumara junction. We arrived at the Greymouth station just when the train arrived and all the passengers were coming out. The train was delayed for 40 mins so we had to wait outside till the train was ready and finally the train took off. TranzAlpine train. The TranzAlpine is run by New Zealand train operator Kiwi Rail which runs once daily between Christchurch, Arthurs Pass, Greymouth and back passing the mountain scenery of the Southern Alps, the journey takes 4½ hours.The Seats in the train were very comfortable with clean glass windows for viewing the scenery, there were open viewing platforms to look at the ... read more
Views from Alpine train
Views from Alpine train
Views from Alpine train

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » West Coast » Greymouth February 17th 2014

Hey guys, there was this great fisherman who lives on the West Coast since four generations! He explained what fishing torpedo is all about. There is this big line that can reach out up to 2km in the sea. There are 25 hooks fixed at the end of the line. It stays there for approx.1 hour. Then u check the prey. And we caught 6 sharks! Spotted fish that are known as lemon fish. U get them for 50 bucks/kilo. The white spots on the fish mean the shark has no teeth and can't bite u. I was told that in Europe fisherman cut the fins off(to make soup of it) and throw the body away to the sea- That's a crime against nature. Thank u Dennis for showing me your way of life!... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » West Coast » Greymouth September 28th 2013

Geo: -42.4576, 171.206Today we drop off our car and board the world famous Trans Alpine Railway. This trip is often regarded to be one of the world's great train journeys for the scenery through which it passes. The journey is 223 kilometers one-way, taking about four and a half hours. There are 19 tunnels and four viaducts.We ask for a late checkout as the West Coast weather has not improved and it is bucketing down. With 4 hours to kill before we board the train we catch a cab to the Monteith Brewery, a new establishment that has an open door policy, good food, good beer and a big open fire. On arriving they have canceled the tour due to a lack of patrons so we order a beer tasting plate and some yummy tapas to ... read more
Boading the Trans Alpine Train - Greymouth
Trans Alpine Route Greymouth to Christchurch
Trans Alpine Route Greymouth to Christchurch

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » West Coast » Greymouth April 9th 2008

Greymouth's Brunner Coal Mine We were on our way to Blackball from Greymouth travelling alongside the Grey River when this tall brick chumney came into view, there was a carpark beside it so we went to investigate. I have to admit that I didn't know much at all about the Brunner Coal Mine so it was helpfull to see that the Department of Conservation had upgraded this site and it was obvious that a lot of work had gone into it. The chimney that we first saw was in fact not part of the Brunner Mine, the mine itself was on the opposite bank of the Grey River. Thomas Brunner an early explorer of the West Coast was the first Pakeha to discover the coal seam when he was travelling up the Grey River Gorge by ... read more
Brunner Coal Mine
Brunner Coal Mine
Rescue Party

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » West Coast » Greymouth January 10th 2008

So, we were going to wake up at 6:45 to get our day going early, since the sun exists nice and early in these parts. But...Murray was in charge of the alarm clock, so it was 7:30 when the body decided to start moving around. Still in good spirit, we headed off up island to see an arch, some caves, and some rain forest. Was a great view of the ocean to start our day, and then we travelled on a 16km stretch of single land gravel, only one mini bus on it's side, good thing it was a dry day. The arch was all it was built up to be, 200 metres long of limestone, 30 metres high and 40 metres wide...and just a trickle of an iron laden stream. We found a couple of ... read more
Pancake Rocks

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » West Coast » Greymouth October 14th 2007

Lotsa noise again - didn't sleep alot but the ear plugs helped. Think the most we got in any one stint was 3 hours. It didn't help that we had to be at the train station by 7.45, taxi booked for 7.30 which means up to shower and eat at *groan* 6.30am. Susan was not impressed as I'm sure most of you can imagine. Mind you I wasn't feeling any different after my night of non-sleep! The taxi got us to the station with plenty of time to spare. Our seats were allocated on check-in which saved us having to fight with the oldies for the better seats. I have no doubt we would've lost the race! :-) (Just kidding, they were pleasant enough people really!) We were looking forward to the trip on the Tranz ... read more
Rain rain everywhere!
Room with a view

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » West Coast » Greymouth October 10th 2007

I got up even earlier this morning with one of the other girls from my dorm who was also travelling on the magic bus (the backpackers bus tour company I'd booked to see the South Island with). We had our breakfast then went to wait for the bis to find that it was pouring it down. We stood sheltered for as long as we could then we ran out to the bus when it appeared. The bus wans't too full which meant that everyone got two seats to themselves. The itinerary for the day was Nelson to Greymouth with a few stops along the way. After only about an hour the bus driver informed us that we'd just stopped at the last traffic lights til Dunedin (pretty much the other end of the island and on ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » West Coast » Greymouth August 18th 2007

Last night Marie got the grand tour of the Youth Centa, where a welcoming (and likely toxic) fire was burning away in the rusting oil barrel out front. Later we caught the Woodstock revival show at Wilson's Hotel. It was pretty much a one woman show, although every once and a while a bloke with appropriately long hair and a sixties head scarf accompanied her on the tambourine. This morning we got a late start for our tour down the West Coast to Fiordland. We stopped off at Monteith’s brewery in Greymouth for the required brewery tour and beer sampling. Marie reluctantly joining in;) Monteith's got its start in Reefton in the 19th century, relocating to Greymouth in the early 20th century. It remains the only major brewer on the West Coast. While various Monteith concoctions ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » West Coast » Greymouth June 11th 2007

Hello! There's even less people living on the West Coast than anywhere else in NZ... Nothing much up in Greymouth, so I joined the local brewery tour. Sweet. Oli... read more
Da West Coast
Monteith's brewery
Pancake rocks near Punakaiki

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