Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Greymouth, NZ

After our stay at Wanaka ,where we bade an emotional farewell to both D4 and DT who had to drive back to Dunedin in our rented car, we took the Atomic shuttle the next morning, proceeding to Greymouth. This is the largest town in the west coast region of South Island. Greymouth has a rich history that is steeped in Maori heritage. It is here that the Maoris came in search of the jade or greenstone [ pounamu ]. We bought some too.
The town developed as a result of the 1860's and 1880's Gold rush. Coal was also found here. From the town, you can see Mt Cook clearly to the south. The Midland line ( train ) runs through from here to Christchurch. The world famous train journey....the Tranz Alpine train begins and end in Christchurch.

We stayed the night at the Breeze Motel.
The next day we went on a special tour of Shantytown.

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