Barrytown

Visit Barrytown, West Coast, NZ

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  • Barrytown is a small settlement located on a thin strip of farmland between the sea and the Paparoa mountains. The township was founded in the 1860s, during the gold rush era.

    Barrytown is home to many artists and craftspeople. Some studios welcome visitors, including a knife-making workshop.

    Barrytown’s beach is unusual for having many greenstone pebbles – the stone having washed into the sea from rivers and then naturally polished by wave action.

    Accommodation in Barrytown (NZ)

    Barrytown has a hotel and backpacker accommodation. There are several holiday homes to rent.

    Camping sites are not available in Barrytown, but can be found at Punakaiki, 15 minutes’ drive to the north.

    Transport around Barrytown

    Barrytown is 25 minutes’ drive north of Greymouth, and 1 hour south of Westport. It is usually considered part of the wider Greymouth area.

    Travel options from Christchurch to Greymouth include inter-city coach, train or aircraft. A local bus shuttle can complete the short journey from Greymouth. Air travel is also available from Wellington to Westport, from where the journey can be completed by coach transport.

    Tourist Activities around Barrytown

    The Paparoa Range of hills behind Barrytown are popular for hiking, mountain biking, river fishing and hunting. Guided toursare available.

    Many artists and craftspeople live in Barrytown. Their work is usually sold at galleries in Greymouth and elsewhere. There are no galleries within the town. However, some studios welcome visitors, including a knife-making workshop, which offers a full-day course, whereby visitors can make a native timber-handled knife for themselves.

    Barrytown’s wild west coast beach is popular for gentle walks. It is amazing what can be found washed up on the sand: material from shipwrecks, greenstone pebbles, shells and bones from marine life, including whales and seals.

    A short distance north of Barrytown are the famous “Pancake Rocks” of Punakaiki, which is a formation similar to the Devil’s Causeway in Ireland. Canoeing and other activities are also available here.

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    Barrytown