What is there to do on a drive from Franz Josef to Greymouth

What is there to do on a drive from Franz Josef to Greymouth?

Planning a road trip and want to know what to do on a drive from Franz Josef to Greymouth or on the route back?

As it happens, we’ve made that trip several times on our team outings – and today, we’ll list the most breathtaking scenery and unique attractions for you to stop at on your journey. Here are some of our team’s top-voted must-do things for a trip from Franz Josef to Greymouth!

Take a rest stop and admire Punakaiki Pancake Rocks 

Distance from Franz Josef: 120 km

Distance from Greymouth: 45 km 

Address: https://maps.app.goo.gl/1SQcdFsg8R5K4gx3A?g_st=ic

A 45-minute drive north of Greymouth, you’ll find Punakaiki Pancake Rocks. It’s a wonderland of high tides crashing into limestones, creating a limestone sculpture effect like a stack of pancakes! 

Pro Tip: 

  • Visit at high tide when the sea surges through blowholes, creating an impressive display of water and noise.

Enjoy a picnic lunch or a stroll down Hokitika Beach 

Distance from Franz Josef: 86 km

Distance from Greymouth: 37 km

Address: 72 Beach Street, Hokitika 7810, New Zealand

Hours: Open 24 hours

Hokitika Beach offers beautiful scenic views, a unique experience, and a tranquil ambience. It’s the ideal spot for a picnic, building sandcastles with the kids or enjoying downtime with friends and family.

Pro Tip: 

  • If you’re a couple on a getaway, take a walk on the beach during the sunset for an unforgettable romantic scene.

Marvel at the beautiful scenery surrounding Hokitika Gorge 

Distance from Franz Josef: 85 km

Distance from Greymouth: 32 km

Website: Hokitika Gorge

Address: https://maps.app.goo.gl/tQ5jbggzGKNyWY4g6?g_st=ic

Contact Info: +64 3 755 6166

Hours: Open 24 hours 

Hokitika Gorge, located about 1 hour and 15 minutes from Greymouth, has some of the bluest water you’ll ever see. The turquoise water gets this intense colour due to the glacier minerals.

The water looks surreal, and the gorge is surrounded by lush greenery, making it a paradise for nature lovers and photographers alike. 

By the way, a short walk from the car park leads to a platform overlooking the gorge. Check it out!

Pro Tip: 

  • Go on a sunny day to fully appreciate the natural beauty of this place and wear appropriate hiking shoes.

Pretend to be a gold west miner at Shantytown Heritage Park 

Distance from Franz Josef: 88 km

Distance from Greymouth: 12 km

Website: Shantytown Heritage Park

Address: 316 Rutherglen Road Rutherglen, Paroa, Greymouth 7805, New Zealand

Contact Info: +64 3 762 6634

Hours: Monday to Sunday – 10 AM to 3 PM 

Admission Price: 

  • Adults – 38 NZD
  • Children – 19 NZD

Shantytown Heritage Park is a wonderful place for history buffs. The town is a complete reconstruction of what life was like in the West Coast gold rush era. 

You can see traditional gold mining tools, ride on an old-fashioned steam train, and watch a nostalgic theatre show.

Pro Tip: 

  • Make sure to allow enough time to enjoy all of the activities offered here fully.

Take a brewery tour at Monteith’s Brewing Company 

Distance from Franz Josef: 120 km

Distance from Greymouth: 3 km

Website: Monteith’s Brewery

Address: 60 Herbert Street, Greymouth 7805, New Zealand

Contact Info: +64 3 768 4149

Hours: Monday to Sunday – 11 AM to 9 PM 

Monteith’s Brewing Company is the perfect stop for beer lovers. The brewery offers brewery tours that include beer-tasting sessions where you can sample their different brews. 

The tour provides a unique insight into the brewing process used to create their award-winning beers. Definitely fun if you’re at all into beer.

Pro Tip: 

  • Don’t forget to try their famous Monteith’s Black! Most of us love it.