As entry to the port at Hokitika became more treacherous the port of Greymouth to the north became the major supply centre for the goldfields and towns.
We passed through the town early on a grey and miserable morning and took a few photos of the impressive buildings left by the prosperity that accompanied the West Coast gold
The population of Westland District - from Hokitika to Haast - is a mere 8,403 people (2006 Census). The population of Grey District - around Greymouth - is 13,221. And the population of the Buller district to the north is 9,702.
That gives a total population for the West Coast of 31,326.