Greymouth Coal Heritage Park – Walking the Wharf of History


Greymouth wharf Coal Heritage park

Took a little stroll along the floodwall of Greymouth and a wander around the Greymouth Coal Heritage Park recently.

The brain child of the Greymouth Heritage Society but like all small volunteer groups they struggle with both members and funding and while there is good intent to create and preserve this important piece of our history it is unfortunately unfinished and unloved and what has been done is falling into dis-repair.

Greymouth wharf historic coal bins coal heritage park

Now I don’t mean that to sound as awful as it possibly does as this is still a really cool little area.  The relics that are here are a great reminder of days gone by.  The park sits on the Greymouth wharf overlooking the Grey River with views out to the mouth of the river and the Tasman Sea and to the East towards the Southern Alps – so an absolutely stunning location.

Greymouth wharf Coal heritage park relics

What we need is someone to offer some serious sponsorship money or serious fundraising to help get the money to continue on and finish the project.  In the meantime it is still a lovely place to just relax for a while, enjoy the views and history that is there. Fingers crossed this gets incorporated into the town plan for future generations to enjoy.

Jan and Stephen run Breakers Boutique Accommodation on the Great Coast Road north of Greymouth.  They enjoy getting out and about and exploring the many treasures that make up this wonderful region – named by Lonely Planets Best in Travel 2014 as one of the top ten regions to visit in the world.

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About coastingnz

Jan and Stephen live on the Punakaiki coastline, north of Greymouth on the West Coast, NZ and run Breakers Boutique Accommodation. They both enjoy the outdoors and are passionate about things to see and do on the West Coast and would like to share their experiences with you.
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4 Responses to Greymouth Coal Heritage Park – Walking the Wharf of History

  1. bulldog says:

    You see this is what is needed by such a project… exposure via posts that express the beauty and historic significance that encourages others to see it as such… this is why you need that book, so that others will be thus encouraged and it only takes one significant person fired up to get things moving…

    • coastingnz says:

      haha – you always put a smile on my face with your enthusiasm for my possible book…….I haven’t forgotten – one day, maybe one day……. she says with a screwed up face….. LOL

  2. Jane says:

    Especially love the angle/composition on that last pic. Gorgeous colours and shapes.

    • coastingnz says:

      Thanks Jane. It is a really pretty little area – totally under-rated but hopefully it is part of a major redevelopment of our wharf making it a focal point for the township. Fingers crossed anyway.

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