Greymouth Kiwi Holiday Park and Motels – Local Activities

Greymouth and the surrounding district offer activities such as Shantytown (a replica 19th century gold town), white water and cave rafting, bush walks, 4-wheel biking, mountain biking, coastal and lake fishing, brewery tours, arts and crafts and scenic flights.

Greenstone, or jade, is another natural treasure found on the West Coast. It is crafted into jewellery and other artworks which can be bought at local outlets.

Greymouth Kiwi Holiday Park and Motels is an ideal place to base yourself to explore the West Coast, from the pancake rocks of Punakaiki to the north to the glaciers to the south. There is something for everyone!

The West Coast offers you a variety of activities and events and we have listed some of these for your information:


– 40 minute drive north

Punakaiki is famous for The Pancake Rocks. Created predominantly from limestone, which has been worn and sculptured by the weather and sea, leaving unique stacks resembling pancakes layered on top of each other. The spectacular blowholes are the main attraction. They are active at high tide, when saltwater is pushed at great force through holes in the limestone rock, exiting as a fine spray mist many metres above sea level. The blowholes at full blast are an amazing sight.


– 1 minute walk

A series of tracks carved through the wilderness by pioneering gold rush miners, logging tramways, and historic railway lines have been used to create the West Coast Wilderness Trail. This 4-day cycling adventure winds through outstanding landscapes, including dense rainforest, glacial rivers, lakes, wetlands, snow-capped mountains of the Southern Alps and the wild Tasman Sea.


– 5 minute drive north

A visit to the Monteith’s Brewing Company is a must for beer lovers. You can enjoy the locally brewed award winning beers, take a guided tour and enjoy the traditions and heritage of this fascinating brewing establishment. If you haven’t got time for a tour you can always just have a drink and something to eat in the on-site cafe.


– 5 minute drive south

A recreated gold-rush village, a visit to Shantytown includes a ride on a vintage steam train. The train trip includes a visit to gold claim and sluice area, with mighty sluice guns, giant water canon blasts bringing gold-bearing gravel down from the cliff face. You’ll also have a chance to pan for your own gold, with a guaranteed strike.

A short bush walk will take you back to town - you'll maybe spot some native weka, a NZ flightless bird - past a flying fix (zip wire), treasure hunts and wonderful buildings to explore. And Reuben Waite’s General Store is a great place to shop for gifts, souvenirs and books to browse.


– 10 minute drive north

The West Coast may have a reputation for high rainfall – (2.5 – 3 m of rain every year!), but because of all that water, On Yer Bike off-road and quad biking adventure tracks take you through masses of puddles, mud and a thriving privately owned rainforest.

You could also try a GoKart adventures, Hagglund ride, and the 8WD Argo, plus there’s an onsite cafe.


– 30 minute drive north

Forge your own blade from red hot steel, and complete your knife with native timber handle, brass bolsters and pins. Starting at 9:30 am and finishing around 4 pm, with drinks and snacks and lunch included. A unique West Coast experience.


– 5 minute drive north

Set in a beautiful rainforest canyon the adventure includes a short bush walk with views of a galaxy of glow-worms, a run down the gentle rainforest river rapids, a ride down the eye bulge rock hydroslide into the cave entrance, finishing with a heart stopper cliff jump! Everything is optional, you can decide what to do as you go.


– 1 hours drive east or they can pick up

Experience the spectacular scenery of West Coast travelling down the pristine and wild rivers. The Grey River near Reefton and the Arnold River near Greymouth suit all ages with enough action to get your white water fix.


– 1 hours drive north

A superb 4 hour Black Water Rafting adventure in the Paparoa National Park. Visitors are fitted out with full wet suits, including socks, boots, gloves and helmet. A courtesy coach takes you to The Nile River Rainforest Train through the primeval rain forest and towering limestone cliffs of the Nile River Canyon. After a short climb you enter the enormous Nile River Cave System where you meander through a calcitic paradise of stalactites and stalagmites in the upper dry levels of the cave.  Down in the lower active levels of the Cave, you meet up with a slow moving underground river on which you float in your tube using only the natural light of a simply awe inspiring display of glow worms for navigation.  You emerge from the cave into an untouched world before leaving its tranquillity for the rushing bubbling waters of the low grade Nile


– 1 hours drive east

Temple Basin is renowned for its steep and rocky big mountain terrain, but there’s also plenty of intermediate terrain. For first timers there’s a snowy knoll to practise the basics before progressing to the wide open slopes accessed by Cassidy Tow. There’s no groomed slopes/pistes - Temple Basin is an unadulterated alpine experience and an off-piste paradise.


– 50 minute drive south

Hokitika Gorge is one of those places people often think can’t be as good in real life as it is in the photos. Vivid turquoise water is surrounded by lush native bush, a short walk takes you through a mainly rimu and podocarp forest to a viewing platform where the water has to be seen to be believed. You can walk a little further across a swing bridge to get closer to the stunning blue river and the sheer ravine.


– 40 minute drive south

The West Coast Treetop Walkway offers an environmentally-friendly view along a 450 metre long steel walkway, 20 metres up into Rimu and Kamahi rainforest canopy looking out over Lake Mahinapua, the Southern Alps to the east and the Tasman Sea to the west. The walkway is accessible by wheelchair and pram and can hold 4000 people at any one time. A unique feature is the Mahinapua Springboard, an end section that curves out gently over the forest canopy towards Lake Mahinapua. The Hokitika Tower is a spiral staircase extending a further 40 metres skywards.  Across a newly created car park is Mahinapua Cafe, which seats 80, a gift shop, featuring local crafts, and ticketing booth.


– 5 minute drive north

Check out the many facilities, including swimming pool, stadium, gym and others at the Westland Recreation Centre.


– 7 minute drive

The History House Museum contains information on the rich history of the West Coast.  


– 25 minute drive south

The National Kiwi Centre in Hokitika in an undercover facility providng viewing of kiwi in a nocturnal house that replicates their natural environment. You can also take part in feeding the giant eels (10am, 12 noon and 3pm daily). The eels are approximately 85 to 100 years old.  The kiwi also get fed after each eel feeding. You can view the tuatara, New Zealand’s oldest living dinosaur.


– 1 minute walk west

The blue penguin is the world’s smallest penguin at just 35-43 cm tall and weighing a little over 1 kg and their numbers are declining.  They occupy their burrows from June to March, and these burrows are all along the west coast with some being situated right near the park.  Blue penguins only come ashore after dusk and before dawn. 


– 25 minute drive south

A spectacular flight over Mount Cook and Westland National Parks, with breathtaking views of Mt Cook, New Zealand’s highest peaks, Franz Josef and Fox glaciers. Fly in comfort in a first class window seat and enjoy commentary from the  highly experienced pilot.


– 30 minute drive north

Meet Murphy the Clydesdale, a gentle giant who will take you on a unique and tranquil journey back in time. Golden Sands Horse and Wagon Tours offers the opportunity to travel in the footsteps of the early pioneers, down one of New Zealand’s most beautiful, unspoiled wild West Coast beaches. You’ll learn about the rich ‘Coast Road’ gold mining and pioneer heritage. The pace is relaxed, with plenty of time for exploring, and activities, such as gem stone collecting, making damper bread, boiling the billy over an open fire, wildlife spotting and photography.



– 10 minute drive east

Greymouth Golf course is an 18 hole golf course which is flat so no hills to climb up and down.