Our Factory & Facilities

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Westfleet owns and operates a modern factory facility and wharf onsite at the Port of Greymouth.

Located just to the south of the Greymouth River entrance, our wharf sits at the mouth of the Erua Moana Lagoon, a culturally significant waterway.

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Westfleet Wharf

Recently rebuilt and restored, Westfleet’s wharf offers fish processing, retrieval and ice making facilities, which can be made available by arrangement with us. Our wharf operates 7 days a week.

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Alongside our wharf, our main factory premises processes frozen product for export to overseas markets.

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Our state of the art, Government licensed processing facilities meet all stringent requirements for health, safety and food processing.

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Westfleet Fresh has its own fresh fish processing facility and line, located inside the retail premises, ensuring maximum freshness and minimal turnaround time for our retail customers.

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History of our Wharf

The wharves at Greymouth offer a colourful and pioneering story to those who delve into their history.

Dealing with the onslaught of the wild Tasman Sea, fueled by the momentum of the ‘roaring forties’, and the immense volumes of flood-prone water sweeping down from the Grey River itself, building a port and wharf at Greymouth was never going to be an easy task.

But with such riches to be exported, ‘black-gold’ coal, and real gold itself, and the later fisheries riches, the West Coast needed a suitable port, and Greymouth was chosen.

The first vessel to cross the Greymouth Bar was the ‘Emerald Isle’ in 1857, spawning a rush of coastal traders, coal merchants and gold prospectors.

Early seafarers quickly learned to respect the Greymouth Bar, and she claimed plenty of vessels and lives in the early years. Even today, Mariners negotiating the Greymouth Bar, approach with the utmost respect in all weather conditions.

A milestone occurred in 1879, with the first works on the  Greymouth harbor being started. The wharves expanded through the late 1800′s, which a channel being dredged across the front of Tainui Street allowing land reclamation, and the construction of over 1200 foot of wharves in the area close to where Westfleet’s wharves lie today.

Further works in 1903 included the addition of a Northern breakwater, which created the Harbor entrance, largely as we know it now.

Old Wharf

Since their inception, the port and wharves at Greymouth have been the setting of many stories, local legends and historical events. With such a rich and colourful past behind it, Westfleet is proud to be associated with, and contributing to, such an integral part of the West Coast’s vibrant history.

More on the history of Greymouth’s port can be found here.