The area offers everything from beautiful scenery, wide open spaces, historic places, and rain forest, right through to beautiful beaches.
You can enjoy some of the most popular events in New Zealand:
- Kumara Races
- Speights Coast to Coast Multisport Race
- Buller Gorge Marathon
- Wild Food Festival
- King of the Coast Speedway
- Greymouth Motorcycle Street Race
- Gold Nuggets Motocross
- Reefton Festival of Light
Grey River Mouth
It was created to look just like the West Coast Gold rush towns of the 1860s.
Set amongst beautiful rainforest, it has about 30 historic buildings, and you can enjoy activities such as gold panning, steam train rides, and view a replica of a bush saw mill.
|Brunner Mine Site
This historic place is where the 1896 explosion of the Brunner Coal Mine took place, which killed 65 men when gas ignited.
On site is a memorial to the miners who lost their lives in the tragic accident.
The mine at it's peak, employed over 300 men and had the greatest coal production in New Zealand.
Coke and bricks were also produced in large volumes, alongside the mine
The Site is now been preserved and maintained for your viewing.
|Grey River Gold Dredge
Located a few minutes from Blackball, is the world's largest floating gold dredge, and the only one of its type on the West Coast.
Weighing in at 3,500 tonnes,the dredge is 170 metres long and 30 metres high, and sits on a pontoon that is 80 metres long and 36 metres wide.
The 104 buckets hold 0.57 metres of material, and can dig 30 metres below the water.
The Dredge can process 850 cubic metres of gravel per hour and around 93,500 cubic metres per week.
|Globe Hill Gold Mine Tours
Take a tour up to Oceana Gold's hardrock gold mine, which is located in the middle of Victoria Conservation Park.
You can visit the current gold mining operation and get an informative tour of Reefton and Blacks Point.
|Taramakau River Road and Rail Bridge
This Historic bridge is located between Greymouth and Hokitika, is one of the last remaining bridges of its type in New Zealand that is shared by both trains and normal vehicles.
Also referred to as the town of light, Reefton was built mostly during the West Coast gold rush between 1870 and 1880.
After gold bearing quartz reefs were discovered in the area Reefton became the service town for the mines and surrounding goldfields.
In August 1888 Reefton was the first place in New Zealand, and the Southern Hemisphere, to get a public supply of electricity, and this is now celebrated each year by the "Festival of Light"
These unusual gate posts are located just south of Ngahere.
|Waiuta Mine Site
You can visit the old Waiuta mine site and township which was location off the West Coast's richest gold mine.
The gold was discovered back in 1905, and over a period of time the Prohibition mine shaft ended up being 879 metres deep.
The bottom 300 metres were actually below sea level.
The unique shape of the sites of a gun is in the Paparoa Mountain Range.
Best viewed from just South of the Ikamatua township.