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Heart of the West Coast

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 where coal was mined and coke, firebricks and other products 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, often you 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, where you can learn a bit more about the notorious Greymouth Bar, known as one of the world’s most dangerous river bars to cross and one that has claimed many lives over the town’s history.

Shantytown Heritage Park

Last stop is Shantytown Heritage Park with over 30 historic buildings to explore, learn to gold pan and take home what you find (the kids love this)! Take a ride on the steam train and check out the holographic theatre and learn more about our gold mining past.

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.


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. A cancellation fee of 10% will apply.  No shows or cancellation within 24 hours of the product departure time will result in 100% cancellation fee. All vouchers are subject to the regulations and bylaws of the respective operators to whom they are issued. All vouchers are valid for the services as detailed on the vouchers. All terms and conditions are subject to change without notice.


Adult 112  Child 60 
3 Hours
Heart of the West Coast

Brunner Mine

Heart of the West Coast

Brunner Suspension Footbridge

Heart of the West Coast

Shantytown Heritage Park

Explore West Coast

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