Brunner, New Zealand

Brunner, originally called Brunnerton, is a town in the northwest of New Zealand's South Island. It is 12 kilometres (7 mi) east of Greymouth, on the south bank of the Grey River. It is on the Midland Line railway near its junction with the Stillwater–Westport Line (SWL) in neighbouring Stillwater. Passenger trains ceased running along the SWL to Reefton and Westport in 1967, but the TranzAlpine runs the length of the Midland Line from Christchurch to Greymouth and it continues to stop in Brunner.

Brunner in 2012
Brunner in 2012
Brunner is located in West Coast
Coordinates: 42°25′57″S 171°19′22″E / 42.43250°S 171.32278°E / -42.43250; 171.32278Coordinates: 42°25′57″S 171°19′22″E / 42.43250°S 171.32278°E / -42.43250; 171.32278
CountryNew Zealand
RegionWest Coast
DistrictGrey District
Local iwiNgāi Tahu

Historically connected with coal mining, the town was the site of a major disaster in 1896, when an explosion killed 65 miners in the Brunner Mine.[1] Other important industries in the town have included forestry.

The population was 1,144 in the 1956 census[2] but is very small now.[3]

The town, formerly called Brunnerton, was named after the explorer Thomas Brunner, who discovered coal there.

Further readingEdit

  • Reed, A. W. (2002). The Reed Dictionary of New Zealand Place Names. Auckland: Reed Books. ISBN 0-7900-0761-4.


  1. ^ New Zealand Disasters – Brunner Mine, Christchurch City Libraries. Accessed 20 January 2008.
  2. ^ "Brunner". An Encyclopaedia of New Zealand. 1966.
  3. ^ Nathan, Simon (23 February 2009). "Grey coal towns". Te Ara – The Encyclopedia of New Zealand.

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