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Granity is located in New Zealand
Coordinates: 41°37′47″S 171°51′13″E / 41.62972°S 171.85361°E / -41.62972; 171.85361
Country New Zealand
Region West Coast
District Buller District
Population (2006)
 • Total 216

Granity is a small town on the West Coast of New Zealand's South Island, 28 kilometres (17 mi) north-east of Westport on State Highway 67. Karamea is 68 kilometres (42 mi) further north.[1][2]

Squeezed between the often-tempestuous Tasman Sea to the west and steep forested cloud-shrouded mountains to the immediate east, the town is the largest in this sparsely populated part of New Zealand. Long known as a coal-mining town, the population has declined as the industry has waned. The population was 216 in the 2006 Census, a decline of 27 from 2001.[3] Several neighbouring towns, such as Denniston, have become virtually ghost towns.

The name "Granity" was given to the town by gold prospectors, in reference to the large quantity of granite in the area.[4]


Granity School is a co-educational full primary school (years 1–8), with a decile rating of 4 and a roll of 47.[5] The natural erosion of the beach, at a rate of 40 centimetres (16 in) per year, is threatening the school buildings, and a stopbank has resulted in the school grounds protruding further out onto the beach than adjoining properties.[6]


The nationally critically endangered Cobble skink is only known to occur on a short stretch of coast at Granity.[7]


The Lyric Theatre 
Band rotunda 
Fund-raising Centre - the community "op-shop" 
Community library
(c. 1903) 


  1. ^ Peter Dowling (editor) (2004). Reed New Zealand Atlas. Reed Books. map 62. ISBN 0-7900-0952-8. 
  2. ^ Roger Smith, GeographX (2005). The Geographic Atlas of New Zealand. Robbie Burton. map 134. ISBN 1-877333-20-4. 
  3. ^ Quickstats about Granity
  4. ^ Reed, A. W. (2002). The Reed Dictionary of New Zealand Place Names. Auckland: Reed Books. ISBN 0-7900-0761-4. 
  5. ^ "Te Kete Ipurangi - Granity School". Ministry of Education. 
  6. ^ "Little Granity School versus the sea". Timaru Herald. 25 June 2012. Retrieved 25 June 2012. 
  7. ^ "Critter of the Week". RNZ. 10 June 2016. Retrieved 10 June 2016. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Granity at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 41°38′S 171°51′E / 41.633°S 171.850°E / -41.633; 171.850