Explore West Coast heritage sites with this Heart of the West Coast tour.
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.
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 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 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.
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Brunner Suspension Footbridge
Shantytown Heritage Park