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Greymouth: Monteith's Brewery Tour with Beer Tasting

1. Greymouth: Monteith's Brewery Tour with Beer Tasting

Start your tour in the Beertopia Room which houses our very own Monteith's Museum. Get an introduction to the heritage and rich stories of the origins of Monteith's, starting in 1868 on the West Coast. Move into the brewery to see, touch, taste (if you're up for it) and smell New Zealand grown ingredients used to make craft beer. Take your time to walk through the brewhouse and packaging house as your expert guide talks you through the process involved with crafting the 150-year-old beer recipes. Receive video, visual and verbal prompts throughout the tour to help you to understand the various techniques and technical terms our brewers are so familiar with. End the tour with a lesson on how to achieve the 'perfect pour'. For those over 18, pour yourself your very own tap beer, taste and enjoy.

From Greymouth: Highlights West Coast Day Tour

2. From Greymouth: Highlights West Coast Day Tour

Nothing but nature...... And food and drink. An all day tour showcasing some of the most popular and lesser known features of the West Coast. 8.30am : You will start your adventure in Greymouth and travel up the Coast Road, famous for its stunning scenery. 9.10am : The first activity is the unique and captivating Punakaiki Pancake Rocks walk. 10.00am : You then carry on up the Coast Road with several photo stops where we take in the hidden gems and stunning panorama of the Coastal Highway. 11.10am : The Seal Colony at Tauranga Bay where you can be delighted by the beautiful seals in their natural habitat. 12 midday : Lunch in Westport is followed by a visit to the Shortjaw Brewery (Tuesday to Saturday) for a tasting of the onsite brewed beers using local and New Zealand sourced ingredients. 1.15pm : Be amazed by the grandeur of the Buller Gorge. 2.30pm : We wind our way to Reefton and a visit to this charming little towns award winning distillery tasting room to sample the award winning unique gin or liqueur (Tuesday to Saturday). Or we walk to some of the special parts of this historically fascinating town. 3.00pm : Time now to head along the pretty Grey Valley where you can be charmed by the view across the valley. 4.15pm : We arrive at the Historic and scenic Brunner Mine Site, your last stop before heading back to Greymouth in the late afternoon. 5.00pm : Brings to an end a full day of some of the sights and tastes of the West Coast.

From Greymouth: Punakaiki Blowholes & Pancake Rocks Tour

3. From Greymouth: Punakaiki Blowholes & Pancake Rocks Tour

Travel the Coast Road, a scenic drive passing beaches and bays with native West Coast bush background. Stop for photos along the way before reaching Punakaiki where you will be guided through the pancake rocks and blowholes. Enjoy a nature walk with access to interpretation panels to learn about your surroundings.  After spending time at the blow holes you have time to grab a refreshment at the local cafe before travelling on to the Truman Track. Take a short walk to an ocean viewing platform and sandy bay. At low tide you can access the bay and walk along to the rock pools.  Head back via the famous Coast Road and if time allows the tour guide can stop off at some bays along the way and allow time for more photos. Your tour ends back in Greymouth at your accommodation or at the visitor centre.

Greymouth: Hokitika Gorge and Tree Top Walkway Half-Day Tour

4. Greymouth: Hokitika Gorge and Tree Top Walkway Half-Day Tour

Enjoy a scenic one-hour drive to Hokitika Gorge and follow the coastline before heading inland through farmland and native bush.  Walk across the swing bridge and spend time enjoying this magical place. With a forty five minute loop walk accessing different view points along the way and access down to the waters edge. Take in its vivid turquoise waters surrounded by lush native bush and see for yourself why it is a key photo stop on the West Coast must-do list.  Explore Tree Top Walkway and experience life with the birds high up in the ancient Rimu and Kamahi tree canopy. Gain easy access to the steel platform, which is 20 meters high and over 450 meters long. Enjoy the magnificent views of the Lake Mahinapua and surrounding mountain ranges. On a fine day as far as Mount Cook can be seen. Cafe on site for refreshments. If you’re a thrill-seeker, feel your heart pump as you climb to the top of Hokitika Tower, which is about 40 meters above the forest floor. Be inspired by a sensational vista of the majestic snow-capped Southern Alps, Lake Mahinapua, and the Tasman Sea. There is time to take your heartrate up even higher and travel to the bottom with the Zipline (extra costs involved to do this). Travel back to Greymouth to your accommodation or to the TranzAlpine train.

Greymouth: Full-Day Best Of The West Tour

5. Greymouth: Full-Day Best Of The West Tour

Start the tour with pickup from your accommodation in Greymouth. Set off along the famous Coast Road, rated one of the top 10 coastal drives in the world. First, stop at the Pancake Rocks, where the sea, winds, and massive geological change have shaped the landscape creating fascinating stacked limestone rocks and blowholes. This area is rated a must-do attraction when visiting the West Coast. Then, continue on to the Tree Top Walkway which offers the experience of walking amongst the treetops. This exhilarating adventure among temperate rain forest giants, high above ancient Rimu's and Kamahi trees offers a 20-meter high platform with a 450-meter-long walkway to explore and enjoy the views. Climb the 47-meter tower for a better view if you dare, and enjoy a refreshment at the local cafe. Admire beautiful views of majestic Lake Mahinapua while listening to the bird song. Finally, explore the famous Hokitika Gorge, a popular tourist spot that is known for its vibrant blue water and tranquil rain forest setting. This natural attractions is another must-do on the West Coast and is a great place to have a picnic or a swim to cool off in summer. At the end of your tour, return to Greymouth where your trip ends.

Greymouth: Glacier, Heritage & Wildlife Centre Guided Tour

6. Greymouth: Glacier, Heritage & Wildlife Centre Guided Tour

Departing from Greymouth, you will enjoy a scenic drive South, following the coastline with ocean views before heading inland to reach your destination of Franz Josef. On the way you will stop at West Coast Tree Top Walkway, 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. Climb the tower to reach great views for photography of the surrounding lake and mountain range. Next stop is calling into Ross Goldfields Information & Heritage Centre, a 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. Please note the information centre is not always open and accessible. Reaching the township of Franz Josef, a popular tourist hot spot with thousands visiting the town to view the famous Franz Josef Glacier. Walk up to the glacier along a marked track called the Valley Walk, following the river bed. The trek will take approximately 30 to 45 minutes return. Allowing you to view the Glacier from a distance for safety. On your return to Franz Josef, you will visit the Wildlife Centre. Home to two of New Zealand’s native birds, the Rowi Kiwi and the Tuatara, the centre also hosts an interactive exhibit on the glacier so you can learn more about the history of the area. There is also a souvenir gift shop and cafe onsite. In Franz Josef there will be free time to buy lunch and look around the town before heading to Okarito, the gem of South Westland. Ōkārito is a small coastal settlement on the West Coast of New Zealand’s South Island. It is built at the southern end of the Ōkārito Lagoon at the mouth of the Ōkārito River. Boosting native New Zealand bird life and strong history of gold and timber. Visit the information heritage centre on the wharf to take in the lagoon and learn more about the wild history of Okarito. From here you will return back to Greymouth. PLEASE NOTE: It is important that you contact us first before booking if only one person as the tour requires two people for it to operate and we may not have a second person booked on at the time of your booking which would incur an additional per person fee. Please contact us directly to ensure tour is proceeding for the date you have chosen if a single person.

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What people are saying about Greymouth

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(46 reviews)

We had a great time on this tour. You received the equivalent of a schooner of beer in the tasting and then a complimentary 6 pack. If you bought a schooner from a bar and a 6 pack of stubbies from a liquor outlet you would pay as much as we did for this tour. Looking at it this way the tour of the brewery itself without the beer essentially did not cost anything at all and for that we received an informative and enjoyable tour that I would highly recommend.

We are lucky to have a guide all to ourselves (2 people) who gave us all the time we needed to discover everything. Helen our guide shared her knowledge of the region with us and showed us many very nice places. The kiwi nursery and the ice cream parlor are magnificent and full of little breaks in different places which allowed us to spend a very enriching day and shared with pleasure with Helen who has a smile and joy of life. We recommend this excursion.

Jackie was an outstanding guide! The tour started bright and early and not a minute was wasted the whole day. From the pancake rocks to the Brunner Mine Ruin, Jackie’s local knowledge was added an extra layer to all locations. The food and beer experience was delicious. You couldn’t get more local than the Westport Pie Company and Shortjaw Brewery. I can’t recommend this tour enough. Conor and Catarina

Great tour. Thank you very much. Could see the most spectacular views of the westcoast. Got lots of information about the region, the country and the history. Both tastings were great as well. Perfect day - thank you so much

I loved the small group, we were only three plus Jackie, our Guide. She knew so many interesting things about nature, land and people. I enjoyed the Trip very much! Absolutely worth it and recommendable. Thank you, Jackie