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Heart of the West Coast Tour

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.

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.


Every booking receives a buy one get one free coffee at Robert Harris Greymouth! All you have to do is show the lovely team at the counter your booking confirmation to receive this wonderful deal.


Tour Info

Tour info – Report 15 minutes prior to departure time. If you need to amend or cancel the booking reservation please advise Explore West Coast without delay.

Vouchers are subject to the regulations and bylaws of the respective operators to whom they are issued and are valid for the services as detailed on the vouchers. All terms and conditions are subject to change without notice.

Within the result of you not being able to make our tour please see the below information on cancellation here at Explore West Coast.

  • Change of date or holding of booking up to 24 hours before travel.
  • Any booking canceled within 72 hours to 24 hours before travel will result in a refund minus 10% booking fee. 
  • Within 24 hours before travel no refund will be given.
  • Full refund for any booking canceled outside of the 72 hour cut off period.
  • This policy also stands in the situation of a pandemic, which affects the tour operation or the lockdown of a region the customer is traveling from and in which case a change of date or hold of booking will be offered within the 24 hour period. 


Adult 119  Child 60 
3 Hours
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Heart of the West Coast Tour

Brunner Mine

Heart of the West Coast Tour

Brunner Suspension Footbridge

Heart of the West Coast Tour

Shantytown Heritage Park

Explore West Coast

West Coast Travel Centre
Mackay Street, Greymouth
+64 3 768 7080


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