Greymouth railway station
|Location||Mackay Street, Greymouth, New Zealand|
|Operated by||The Great Journeys of New Zealand|
|Tracks||Main line (1)|
|Designated||28 June 1990|
The first station in Greymouth was opened in 1876, as the terminus of a railway between Greymouth and the coalmine at Brunner. As the railway system of the West Coast grew, the station in Greymouth became the centre of the region's railway network, and was of particular importance to goods traffic from the region's primary industries as it served the main port in the area. As such, the station became unsuitable for the amount of traffic it was handling, and it was rebuilt in the mid-1890s, with the new station opening in 1897. Despite the rebuild, the station was still considered inadequate, and extra facilities were added at the station several times in the early 1900s. After the Otira Tunnel opened linking the West Coast and Canterbury in 1923, passenger traffic further increased with the introduction of services to Christchurch; a footbridge was erected to handle the increased usage. During the later part of the 20th century, traffic declined significantly, as both passengers and freight shifted to road transport. The station was modernised in 1998, and several outbuildings were removed.
The station is listed by Heritage New Zealand as a Category I Historic Place. This is due to its architectural quality as a relatively unaltered example of a second-class New Zealand railway station, and its historical significance as a former centre of the regional rail network.