Local attractions

Our area is lush and green. It's a land of contrast where you can enjoy nature but live in comfort.

This tunnel on our boundary was built in 1902 to bring coal from the mine to the rail head
This tunnel on our boundary was built in 1902 to bring coal from the mine to the rail head

Where Westway now stands in a quiet valley, there was once a significant industrial site. The 1902 Point Elizabeth No.1 mine entrance can still be seen a short 5 minute walk from Westway and on the boundary of our property is the ropeway tunnel complete with glow worms. By the time the mine was closed in 1920 it had produced 2.4 million tons of high quality steaming coal, much of which was used to power British naval ships.


The Miners hall decked out in the style of 1908. "Workers of the World Unite"
The Miners hall decked out in the style of 1908. "Workers of the World Unite"

The Miners Hall in Runanga is a memorial to a fascinating period of local, New Zealand and World history. The façade has been restored and painted with its original slogans which were so important to the social and political aspirations of many people in the early 1900s.

Local artist Les Holmes not only restored and painted the façade of the Miners Hall but is also responsible for many excellent murals around the area. A particularly interesting Historical Montage is on the wall of the Greymouth Evening Star building near the Railway Station.


Coal Creek waterfall

The impressive Coal Creek falls can be reached two ways:

West Coast bush

A typical view from the Coastal Highway
Coast road between Greymouth and Westport offers travellers some spectacular seascapes as well as many interesting destinations.

Point Elizabeth Walkway is a mix of scenic coastal views and dense native bush. Take your swimming gear (in the summer) for a swim on the sandy and safe 7 mile beach at the end of your walk, or enjoy a beer at the Rapahoe Hotel. The walk is 3 hours return; however we can assist guests with transport so it can be a 1½ hour one way walk.


Activities

Available activities include:

The Punakaiki Blowholes and pancake rocks
Punakaiki Pancake rocks and blow holes.

Local events

The Ngahere Gold Dredge is now the biggest in the world
Dredges have worked in the Grey River Valley for over a hundred years.