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Explore what was once one of New Zealand's most productive coal mines, or discover gold mining relics, coastal scenery or a waterfall on walks in the area.

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      History and culture

      Ramble round the ruins of the old Blackball Coal Mine site make for an evocative industrial heritage experience, or visit the restored Brunner Bridge. The Brunner Mine Historic Area combines fascinating history, extensive mining ruins, a great natural setting.

      Read more about Greymouth's heritage.

      Getting there

      Travel down SH6 via Westport or turn off SH6 at Inangahua Junction and drive down via Reefton on SH69 and SH7. You can also get there from the south using SH6. 

      Those arriving on the West Coast using SH73 over Arthur's Pass need to turn right onto SH6 at Kumara Junction. 

      Walks in this area are accessed from SH6 to the north of Greymouth or from SH7 to the west. Backcountry areas can be accessed from local highways and roads. Often access is through private land.

      There is also the TranzAlpine train which travels from Christchurch to Greymouth return each day.

      Know before you go

      You should wear comfortable footwear and take wet weather clothes as the West Coast is known for sudden changes in the weather.

      Weather conditions can change rapidly - rain can make even small streams rise quickly, and slips and damage to bridges can occur. Before starting out it is best to check with your local DOC office for the latest weather and track conditions.

      In areas where gold mining has occurred it is advisable to keep to the track as there could be mine shafts scattered through the area, many often covered by vegetation.

      Contacts

      Māwhera / Greymouth Office
      Phone:      +64 3 768 0427
      Email:   greymouth@doc.govt.nz
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      Reefton Visitor Centre i-SITE Information Centre
      Phone:      +64 3 732 8391
      Email:   reefton@i-site.org
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