... or so I think, in my rather limited experience.
The Global Village Backpackers hostel in Greymouth makes me want to start my own hostel somewhere, modeled after it. It's just amazing that a hostel can be this clean and welcoming. I would rather stay here than a hotel because of the kitchen that's clean and stocked, the free kayaks that you can take out, and the free bikes that you can use around town. Throw in the musical instruments, sauna, and spa, and it's kinda like a dream house. Why I'm not still there, I'm not sure (ride was moving on), because at about US$10 per night, its one of the cheapest places I've stayed so far!
Besides this hostel, Greymouth is just your ordinary west coast of NZ town, with a bit of industry in Jade shaping (I somehow missed picking any up...), gold mining, fishing, and forestry. "Its population of 13,221 accounts for 42% of the West Coast's inhabitants" (wikipedia)