Greymouth Views – Substation walk to Freyberg Terrace

When my parents come to visit we always like to try to take them somewhere they haven’t been before to help showcase this beautiful region we live in.

Our latest little excursion was the substation walk in the back of Greymouth.

looking back to Greymouth from substation

To say it is a little hill climb is possibly an understatement – my 71-year-old Mum might say so anyway but she rocked up like a mountain goat.

Mum and Dad may have been wondering why we were taking them up here until I said stop a minute and look back.  Worth the little bit of huffing and puffing for the amazing views.

substation bush walk greymouth

Onwards and upwards before we head into a short bush section – still climbing – there will be more rewards……

greymouth views from substation

Eventually the trail opens out into a big grassy area and after yet a little more climbing we are rewarded with almost 360 degree views – all the way to the south and the expanse of the Southern Alps and right over Greymouth and out to sea.

enjoying the views from greymouth substation

After a compulsory photographer’s stop (and a little rest for us to take in the views) it is time to make our way back down.  We do it as a loop, down through the grassy slopes to end up a couple of blocks from where we started.

taking a break substation walk greymouth

Best thing – timed perfectly now to head out for lunch!

views town centre greymouth

People often say to me “oh Greymouth is ugly isn’t it” and I say well yes if having a river run down one side of the town, the Tasman Sea out the front and native bush and mountains in the back is ugly then yes I guess it is……

Jan and Stephen run Breakers Boutique Accommodation on the Great Coast Road north of Greymouth.  They enjoy getting out and about and exploring their home area and showcasing it to visitors.



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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6 Responses to Greymouth Views – Substation walk to Freyberg Terrace

  1. Mama says:

    the views were absolutely amazing Jan. I thoroughly enjoyed the walk, & the man who cut that trail & continues to maintain it, is an absolute gem. Was super cool to meet him on our way down.

    • coastingnz says:

      The views were definitely worth the effort Mama. It was quite surreal having Stephen talking about the man who cut the trail originally and then come around the corner to find him up there still maintaining it – an absolute gem indeed. xo

  2. Nikka says:

    Hello again! I’ve trying to figure out the entry point to the substation for a while but I really couldn’t find it! I ended up doing the King’s walk instead haha 🙂 Any landmarks? Which street is it on? Hope to get a response from you soon! 🙂 Thank you!

    • coastingnz says:

      Hi Nikka – ok, hopefully this makes sense – looking at map you’ll see Alexander Street runs parrallel with Tainui Street, with “squiggly street running up behind – turn down Puketahi street – winds it ways up the hill. We normally park on sharp bend underneath big white house and walk up from there. Side step past the substation and then just keep walking. As far as the track then over the top to meet with Fryberg Terrace, that can be a little tricky to find – once on it though it is more obvious – goes off to the right as you climb up – but you have climbed up pretty high already. Good luck!

      • Nikka says:

        I read your comment while looking at the
        map and it makes perfect sense! Hope to go up there on the next sunny day. Anyway, you and your blog have made me love Greymouth all the more. Thank you very very much! 🙂

      • coastingnz says:

        That is great – on both counts. We love it here too, so much to see and do – and with mountains, native bush and tasman sea at our doorstep, well doesn’t get much better really. 🙂

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