New life as a backpackers, one of the hundreds of old pubs is recycled. A Greymouth Directory of 1866 lists a total of 61 hotels in the town.
Many seekers of gold rapidly realised that selling the ‘liquid gold’ was a more lucrative proposition than prospecting. Twelve West Coast breweries were soon established, together with a number of unlicensed shanties and illicit stills. The drinking capacity of those first, hard working, often short-term settlers is well known and right through the nineteenth century this reputation continued, with tales of later licensing regulations being ignored.
A town built on fishing, the old in the foreground and the new Talley’s boats in the background
Where will we put the jet unit?
Old Greymouth cottages