Presentation of the Gram (Nz)

Introducing Greymouth (New Zealand)

Greymouth in New Zealand is my hometown. I'm the 4th generation West Coaster if you count my big parents who came to Scotland from Scotland.

Greymouth (pop 10,000+) is the largest city on the west coast of the South Island. It is the heart of the shopping center on the West Coast. Graymut sits at the mouth of the Gray River. State Highway 6 passes through Greymouth and is connected to Hokitika, 26 miles south and Westport, 60 miles north. All three major cities on the West Bank are on state highway 6.

The earliest inhabitants of Greymut are Mauri. Only in 1846, when the first European, Thomas Bruner arrived in Greymouth in 1800. He called Graymouth after politician Sir George Gray in 1861. Greymut is at the mouth of the Gray River.

Graemut was built on the back of Westland's golden fever of the 1860s. Later coal mining, now tourism and dairy production, provide employment for the inhabitants.

Greymouth's central location makes it an ideal base for exploring the West Bank. The Tranz Alpine arrives at Grahammut from Christchurch at about 12.30 and leaves Greymouth at 2 pm The buses come and go from Greymouth Station, which is also a local isite office where you can book additional trips, accommodations or any of the many tourist activities that are offered. There is also a free wifi on Isite. You can also rent a car from one of the car rental companies located at the station.

As with many cities of similar size, Greymouth has many amenities to offer, such as the Albert Mall Public Library, which runs from Mackay Street. Here you can get access to free internet. If you want to go to the cinema, then Regent Theater at the bottom of Mackay Street is where you can go. Occasionally, sporting events such as the race on the Omoto racing circuit in January, or the provincial rugby or league are noticed in the city.

There are several churches to choose from if you want to visit someone on Sunday morning. You can choose from one of the following; Tainui Street, Boundary Street, High Street, Baptist Street, and Shakespeare Street,

Greymouth has the widest range of West Bank shops and is within walking distance of the city center. The main street is Mackay Street, where you will find a good range of cafes. Sitting for coffee to browse your brochures is a great way to start your trip.

The flood wall that runs along the Gray River is a nice walk. The wall was built after the flood of 1988, causing great damage throughout the city. This is certainly a nice walk and an ideal place to shoot.