Greymouth youth hostel closes doors

By Nicholas McBride

YHA Greymouth manager Nicola Fountain looks over some of the messages left on stones by guests over the years, as they prepared to close the doors of the hostel for the last time on Monday. The hostel, opposite John Paul II High School, was closed due to dropping tourist numbers. A YHA hostel has operated in Greymouth for 50 years, originally located at Cowper Street. The YHA still operates its own hostel in Franz Josef Glacier, with independent operators under the YHA umbrella in Hokitika, Westport, Punakaiki, and Arthur’s Pass.