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Wednesday, 6 June 2007 : Filed under: West Coast E-Mail This Article

Greymouth city sitting at the mouth of the Grey River – Greymouth, New Zealand


Comment by josh — June 6, 2007 @ 11:01 pm

Continuing south, we stopped in Greymouth for a couple of days to catch our breath, after being on the move for a while. We stayed at Global Village, which is one of the top rated BBH hostels in the country. It was extremely homely, and we enjoyed having a relaxed few days before getting back on the road.

While in Greymouth we went on a bike ride to a nice scenic walk, spent time reading, got a bunch of work done, and got to tour the Monteith’s brewery, which brews some of our favorite New Zealand beer. Tomorrow we are going on an all day guided hike on Fox Glacier.

Comment by josh — June 6, 2007 @ 11:04 pm

Here is a photo from our walk to Elizabeth point or something like that (I forget the exact name but liked the photo)

Comment by dad — June 7, 2007 @ 5:08 am

Greymouth looks like it’s about to get overflowed by the river. Is it really flat there? Most of NZ has seemed pretty hilly or mountainous but that pic looks different.

Comment by Clara — June 7, 2007 @ 12:25 pm

I’ve enjoyed the photos and descriptions of the Pancake Rocks and Greymouth. They’re both in my book. The formation of the Pancake Rocks reminds me a lot of the Grand Canyon, but the striation is so much more defined and horizontal. So interesting! I was curious about your use of the word “homely” to describe the Global Village hostel. At first I thought you really meant to say “homey” (as in “homelike atmosphere”), but then in my dictionary I found one of the definitions of “homely” is “being something familiar with which one is at home.” So…bottom line…the two words can mean the same thing. I just didn’t want the Global Village people to think they were being referred to as “plain or unattractive in appearance,” probably the way we’ve often used the word “homely.” So I learned something besides geography, travel and culture.

The waters look very calm. Everything is lovely and looks like tourism postcards.

Comment by josh — June 7, 2007 @ 6:21 pm

I just meant that it felt homey I guess… but I typed it homely :) .

It wasn’t flat around Greymouth. It is right near mountains and stuff, but the city is flat I guess. That photo is taken towards the ocean I think. If you were to turn around, you would see mountains.

Comment by Clara — June 8, 2007 @ 12:51 am

I think either word is correct. The point is that I learned that “homely” had several meanings.

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