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Heart of the West Coast Tour

Date: December 20th, 2018, Posted by macstudio

Explore West Coast heritage sites with this Heart of the West Coast tour.

Historic Brunner Mine Site

On this tour you will visit the Historic Brunner Mine Site, a place of historical significance on the West Coast. Spend some time viewing the old relics and the interpretation panels learning about one of New Zealand’s  significant sites.

Brunner Suspension Footbridge

The Brunner suspension footbridge spans the Grey River, linking both sides of the mine site. This was one of the country’s earliest industrial sites. Coal was mined along with coke, firebricks and other products. These were Manufactured from the 1860’s until the 1940s. The area is well interpreted with a short walk around the historic coke ovens, brick factory and remains of the tunnel entrances.

The Break Water

The break water is an area popular with tourists and locals. You often can view the dolphins who frequent the spot. This is a great surf spot and the local surfers and body boarders can often be seen amongst the waves.

There is a viewing platform, a great photo stop. On a clear day you can see Mount Cook alongside the surrounding mountains. You can learn a bit more about the notorious Greymouth Bar. Known as one of the world’s most dangerous river bars to cross. It has claimed many lives over the town’s history.

Shantytown Heritage Park

Shantytown Heritage Park has over 30 historic buildings to explore. Inside the park there are many activities you can do. For example, learn to gold pan and take home what you find (the kids love this)! Take a ride on the steam train where you will take a short ride among the lush rain forest furthermore you can check out the holographic theatre and experience the sawmill an old steam-driven mill. Learn more about our gold mining past. Rich in history of our local area an enjoyable educational activity for all ages.

Your tour guide will return you to your accommodation or central business district.

Child age 14 and under, children must be accompanied by a paying adult.

Bad weather which impacts your tour experience, Explore West Coast will offer you a 12 month credit to use on a tour of your choice or alternatively a travel or a Station Gift Shop credit to spend. T&c’s apply if booked with an agent.

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Shantytown + Gold Panning

Date: December 20th, 2018, Posted by macstudio

Shantytown Heritage Park

Shantytown Heritage Park is located just a 10 minute drive from central Greymouth.

Book your tour to Shantytown with us including entry, gold panning and return transport from central Greymouth.

Historic Buildings

Shantytown Heritage Park is a village constructed and opened in the early 1970s. It consists of over 30

re-created historic buildings, born out of the desire of the Greymouth community to preserve the West Coast Gold mining history. Over the years they have gifted a collection of thousands of artefacts.

Stream Train Ride & Gold Panning

Shantytown has lots to offer including a Stream Train ride, Gold Panning, Chinatown, short walks and also King Dick’s café to enjoy a lovely lunch or snack while you explore the history.

Gold Rush Village

Living history in a recreated gold-rush village. Real experiences, real stories and a warm welcome awaits you.

Visit the Museum, Steam Collection and Foundry, enjoy a Steam Train ride, visit Chinatown and the Sawmill, watch the Holographic Theatre and take the opportunity to go panning for Gold.

Visit Shantytown’s sweet shop, jade and gem store and their onsite cafe. Walk amongst the West Coast native bush.

Departing daily at 10am from Greymouth Railway Station and i-SITE Visitor Information Centre.

Allow 2-3 hours for this tour.

 

Extreme weather which impacts your tour experience, Explore West Coast will offer you a 12 month credit to use on a tour of your choice or alternatively a travel or a Station Gift Shop credit to spend. T&c’s apply if booked with an agent.

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Lake Brunner + Mine

Date: December 9th, 2018, Posted by macstudio

Lake Brunner

Explore the West Coast with this tour to Lake Brunner, a glacial feed rainforest lake and to Brunner Mine Site, a historic mining area.

Brunner Mine Site

On this tour you will visit the Historic Brunner Mine Site, a place of historical significance on the West Coast.

Brunner Suspension Footbridge

Brunner suspension footbridge spans the Grey River, linking both sides of the mine site. This site was one of the country’s earliest industrial sites where coal was mined and coke, firebricks and other products manufactured from the 1860’s until the 1940’s. The area is well interpreted with a short walk around the historic coke ovens, brick factory and remains of the tunnel entrances.

Rakaitane Track

With a multiple choice of walking tracks in the Lake Brunner area, our Explore West Coast guide will guide you across the swing bridge giving you views of the Arnold river and a short 30 – 45 minute loop track around native bush with bird song. Spend time down on the lake shore and then a drive around the village taking in more of the views on offer. 

Lunch at Kingfisher Restaurant and Bar 

Enjoy a meal at the Hotel Lake Brunner, Kingfisher Restaurant and Bar while overlooking the views of Lake Brunner. Kingfisher restaurant offers a warm fire on cooler days or sit on the deck in the sun! Select your meals from the extensive menu. The restaurant is fully licensed offering  a wide range of New Zealand wines and craft beers, spirits, coffees and tea’s. 

This tour departs from central Greymouth accommodation and the Greymouth Railway Station and Visitor Information Centre in the morning or afternoon. Bookings are essential.

Allow 3 to 4 hours.

Child age 14 and under, children must be accompanied by a paying adult.

 

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Explore Hokitika Gorge & Tree Top Walkway Tour

Date: December 9th, 2018, Posted by macstudio

This Hokitika tour departs from the Greymouth i-SITE Visitor Information Centre at the Railway Station. Visit Hokitika Gorge with its vivid turquoise water a 45 min loop walk with two swing bridges. Then walk amongst the tree tops while viewing the majestic Lake Mahinapua.

Tree Top Walkway

This tour includes, an exhilarating treetop adventure among temperate rainforest giants.

Experience life with the birds high in the ancient Rimu and Kamahi tree canopy. Easy access for all to enjoy along a steel platform 20 metres high and over 450 metres long. Gently sway in harmony with the forest on the Mahinapua Springboard.

Lake Mahinapua

View the exquisite Lake Mahinapua through the richly diverse forest foliage. Thrill seekers will feel their hearts pump and the adrenalin rush as they climb to the top of Hokitika Tower 40 metres above the forest floor.
Be inspired by a sensational vista of the majestic snow capped Southern Alps, Lake Mahinapua and the Tasman Sea.

Hokitika Gorge

The famous Hokitika Gorge, walk across the swing bridge and enjoy this magical place. The vivid turquoise water surrounded by lush native bush, it is well worth a visit and a key photo stop on the West Coast must do list.

Jade Factory

If time allows your tour guide will call into the Jade Factory in Hokitika. For many New Zealanders Pounamu – also known as NZ Jade or greenstone, is more than a souvenir – it has a treasured spiritual significance.
Pounamu is found in many places on the West Coast and is prized for its strength, durability and beauty.

Your tour guide will bring you back to your accommodation or the central Greymouth business district.

Child age 14 and under, children must be accompanied by a paying adult.

PROMO CODE

Limited time only kids travel on tour for just $39. Use promo code KIDSHOKI to receive your discount when booking. Valid till 30th September 2022.

 

Extreme weather which impacts your tour experience, Explore West Coast will offer you a 12 month credit to use on a tour of your choice or alternatively a travel or a Station Gift Shop credit to spend. T&c’s apply if booked with an agent.

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Explore South Westland

Date: December 9th, 2018, Posted by macstudio

Explore South Westland with Explore West Coast will pick you up from your accommodation and you will head off South. First stopping in at Tree Top Walkway, Ross Goldfields then down to Franz Josef. On the way back call into Okarito for photos and history of the area.

Tree Top Walkway

Tree Top Walkway is an exhilarating Treetop Adventure among temperate rain forest giants. Experience life with the birds, high in the ancient Rimu and Kamahi tree canopy.

Easy access for all to enjoy along a steel platform 20 metres high and over 450 metres long. Enjoy a leisurely 45 minute to one hour stroll through the beautiful West Coast rain forest tree tops.

Ross Goldfields

Ross Goldfields Information & Heritage Centre is located at the southern end of Aylmer Street and is the one-stop spot for gold mining history and regional information. The centre boasts a small museum where a replica of NZ’s largest gold nugget The Hon Roddy resides. This was uncovered at Ross in 1909.

Award-winning DVD “Ross Gold Town” which plays continuously, numerous models, artifacts, photographs and old newspaper articles. There are also countless research documents available that relate to Ross’ extensive past, including mining and cemetery records.

Franz Josef

Glacier Walk

Walk up to the Glacier terminal face along a marked track following the river bed for those photo opportunities. The track is 30 min return, this can be subject to change due to access restrictions.

Wildlife Centre

Visit the Wildlife Centre home to our native bird, the Rowi Kiwi. An all weather indoor attraction where you can view the rarest Kiwi bird and the Tuatara (a native reptile that once shared the earth with dinosaurs). Spectacular glacier exhibit, interactive displays with West Coast movie viewing and story telling. New Zealand souvenirs gift shop and cafe onsite.

Helicopter Flight (optional)

Add on a helicopter scenic 20 minute flight (additional cost applies) that will take you up the Glacier before you then land on top of the Glacier for a spectacular photo opportunity.

Okarito

Okarito the gem of South Westland. On your way back stop in at Okarito for photos, Ōkārito is a small coastal settlement on the West Coast of New Zealand’s South Island, 127 kilometres southwest of Hokitika, and 10 kilometers from State Highway 6. It is built at the southern end of the Ōkārito Lagoon at the mouth of the Ōkārito River.

Child age 14 and under, children must be accompanied by a paying adult.

Bad weather which impacts your tour experience, Explore West Coast will offer you a 12 month credit to use on a tour of your choice or alternatively a travel or a Station Gift Shop credit to spend. T&c’s apply if booked with an agent.

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Punakaiki Blow Holes

Date: December 9th, 2018, Posted by macstudio

Your tour departs from the Greymouth i-SITE Visitor Information Centre at the Railway Station. The famous Coast road to Punakaiki home to the Pancake Rocks, fascinating stacked limestone rocks that the sea has eroded creating blowholes.

Top 10 Coastal Drives

Leaving the central West Coast you will travel via the Great Coast Road, rated as one of the top 10 coastal drives in the World. With some of the best scenery on offer you will need a camera on hand to capture the views.

Punakaiki Blow Holes

This 45 minute drive will take you to the small coastal township of Punakaiki where you will get to view the famous blow holes and pancake rock natural formations. Your guide will give you time to explore the area and local shops before checking out Truman Track, a short walk to more stunning scenery. If time allows you may also visit The Cavern, a open cave located in near the township.

Pancake Rocks

The blow holes and pancake rocks is one of New Zealand’s must do activities and one not to be missed.

Your tour guide will bring you back to your accommodation or the central business district.

Child age 14 and under, children must be accompanied by a paying adult.

PROMO CODE

Limited time only kids travel on tour for just $39. Use promo code KIDSPUNI to receive your discount when booking. Valid till 30th September 2022.

Bad weather which impacts your tour experience, Explore West Coast will offer you a 12 month credit to use on a tour of your choice or alternatively a travel or a Station Gift Shop credit to spend. T&c’s apply if booked with an agent.

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Punakaiki Blow Holes

Pancake Rocks

Punakaiki Blow Holes

Punakaiki Blow Holes

Punakaiki Sea View

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