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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10 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.

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    • 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!

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    • 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! 🙂

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      • 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. 🙂


  3. Tony Ferrell says:

    Thanks for the great article & photo’s, have loved reading lots of them since subscribing. We are heading to the south island of NZ next year & wanting to do a walk or two in Greymouth & this one looks great. So much info on so many walks on the South Island but sadly doesn’t seem to be so much info on walks in & around Greymouth (except form you guys of course). How does this walk compare to the King Domain walk? I noticed the King Domain walk on a Greymouth street directory, also wondering about the Omotumotu bush walk.
    Have been drooling over your article on the Lake Ellery walk, looks a bit like a local secret. Another walk to add to our list of ever growing walks, will need another month onto our trip at this rate (ha ha). Keep up the good work, you are keep us inspired.

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    • coastingnz says:

      Hi Tony. Thanks for your awesome message – you’re the reason we write these blogs and apologise I’ve been so slack of late. Kings Domain walk is awesome – up through the bush line but right in Greymouth and you’ll get a couple of lookout points. There is actually an option of continuing on through the bush to meet the substation walk back down but it isn’t a formed track persay once you leave Kings domain – matter of looking out for the orange triangles. We haven’t done it for a while so not sure on the condition of it regarding tree fall etc. You could do both though – rather than the Omotumotu bush walk. The views from substation walk are sublime – just following 4WD track so pretty straight forward and a good workout…… Coal Creek falls in Runanga is a must do as is the Point Elizabeth walk. Couple of shorties are the Lions walk on Cobden side of Greymouth and the gun emplacement walk also over in Cobden. A must do also would be Woods Creek – stunning native bush both regenerating and virgin and gold mining history galore (definitely done a couple of blogs on this one). an ok brochure lists for some of the local walks. Hope this helps. So much to see and do you’ll want to come back……Have an awesome time. Cheers Jan


      • Tony Ferrell says:

        Hi Jan, thanks so much for all that info (already making notes), that’s excellent. We will definately do one or both of those walks & the 2 littlies at Cobden. Woods Creek sounds intriguing, will add that one to our rapidly growing list as well. We had seen a couple of pictures of Coal Creek Falls & had already planned on seeing that one as it looks so gorgeous. Our NZ holiday looks like it is turning into one big walk fest, we just don’t want to miss anything (ha ha). We live on the far south coast of Western Australia which is so different to your incredibly beautiful part of the world so we certainly want to soak it all up while we are there.

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      • coastingnz says:

        Most welcome Tony. I’ve sent you an email with further info – check spam folder if you haven’t got it yet. Cheers Jan


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