What to do in Blackball & the West Coast
Walk around town with the Blackball History Group's pamphlet to guide you
Go into the old mine's ventilation chimney. Gold panning (we have pans)
Visit the Blackball Salami shop, sample and buy!
Blackball Bling and Kereru Crafts offer some handmade west coast goodies!
Visit the Working Class History Museum next door
Tramp the Croesus track from Blackball to Barrytown or stay overnight at the Ces Clark or Garden Gully hut.
Explore the tunnels under the town. You'll need a torch and gumboots
phone 03 7626117 for more details
Go up the Moonlight valley (4WD)
View the old mine managers house/Blackball Community Centre (which is recorded as the South Islands most haunted building)
You can park your camper van there too
See the gold dredge, the biggest in the southern hemisphere
And further afield...
Punakaiki (blowholes, caves, canoeing etc - 60 minutes). www.punakaiki.co.nz
Nelson Creek (gold tunnels, pottery) - 20 minutes
Waiuta (ghost town) - 1 hour
Left Bank Art Gallery (local art) Greymouth - 20 minutes
Underworld rafting at Charleston - 80 minutes www.rurallodge.co.nz
Truman track - 65 minutes
Point Elizabeth walkway - 20 minutes
Coal Creek falls - 25 minutes
Woods creek track - 50 minutes
Glaciers - 2 1/2 hours
Jade Boulder Gallery - 20 minutes. www.jadeboulder.com
Monteith's Brewery Tour - 20 minutes. www.monteiths.co.nz
Scenic flights to Glaciers
Moana kiwi house, Lake Brunner - 20 minutes
On Yer Bike: NZ's Muddiest Offroad Adventures on Quads, Go karts, Hagglunds & Argo! Also Home to Little Earth Model Village, models of historical Waiuta and Reefton. www.onyerbike.co.nz
Visit Shantytown. www.shantytown.co.nz