How to get to Greymouth

Located on the west coast of New Zealand's South Island, Greymouth is a fantastic destination for adventure-seekers as it's incredibly easy to get to with driving, flying, and public transportation (bus services) options all available depending on your budget, timeline and itinerary. 

Driving and catching the bus are the more scenic and cost-effective options but will take considerably longer, however, flying is more expensive but will save you travel time. 

Flying to Greymouth

Greymouth doesn't have an international airport, and the closest one is in Christchurch, which is around 3 hours away. It does have a regional airport that offers scenic flights (via Air West Coast), making flying from other New Zealand cities/destinations on the South Island easy. These scenic flights, operating from Christchurch, Milford Sound, and Mt Cook, are generally more expensive than regular domestic flights, but the incredible aerial view of the South Island's unforgettable landscapes makes the premium price worth it.  

If you want to fly from a city on the North Island, you have to fly into Christchurch Airport and then travel the rest of the way by either public transportation or self-driving (there are six car rental providers located at the airport). 

Driving to Greymouth 

Driving to Greymouth really only makes sense if you're travelling from a neighbouring city on the South Island such as Dunedin, Nelson, or Queenstown. Embarking on a longer road trip is a great way to see as much of New Zealand's natural beauty as you can, though.

Greymouth is conveniently located on State Highway 6 (connecting the west coast) and State Highway 7 (connecting to Christchurch), both of which are regularly maintained and feature prominent road signage for easy navigation.

Taking public transportation to Greymouth 

Public transportation, in the form of bus or coach services, is one of the cheapest and easiest ways of travelling to Greymouth as the town is conveniently located on the National Coach Network in New Zealand, with various routes offered by InterCity. Buying your coach pass is also a really easy process with one-off or whole-country fares available.

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