Next to the wharf and waterfront in town is the Coal River Heritage Park. It sits beside the Grey River and was created by the Greymouth Heritage Society in conjunction with the Grey District Council. It has views out the river mouth, the Tasman Sea and towards the Southern Alps.
This short walk tells the story of the town's coal mining history - many boats would've pulled up to this wharf to pick up their order of coal which would've been taken to other places around New Zealand.
Some leftover railway tracks and electric cranes still sit here today as an example of what was used back then.
And this building on top of the hill has inside some explanations and history about it's past. Coal was an important export from the 1870s and by 1881 the population of Greymouth was bigger than Hokitika.