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Hokitika Museum

Carnegie Building, 17 Hamilton St, Hokitika 7810, New Zealand
+64 643755898
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Ranked #7 of 20 Attractions in Hokitika
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums
Owner description: The Hokitika Museum is a regional museum located in the heart of Westland and housed in the...
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Type: Museums
Owner description: The Hokitika Museum is a regional museum located in the heart of Westland and housed in the historic Carnegie Building.The rugged and isolated West Coast has a fascinating history of adventure and fortitude. Come and see for yourself!• Greenstone & Gold audio-visual experience• Ngai Tahu and pounamu• West Coast gold rush• Giant Meccano dredge• Special exhibitions• Quiz for kids• Museum shop

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Sydney, Australia
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48 reviews 48 reviews
24 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

All you needed to know about the West Coast is in here. Brilliant little museum indeed. The joint was founded on gold and there is plenty to learn in here. Interesting White Bait exhibition as well. Git me blowed what they see in White Bait but every one eats it around here.

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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21 reviews 21 reviews
19 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

This wee museum is a veritable jewel in the heart of Hokitika. We were both kept interested with the content and displays of the snapshot of life and history of the local area of Hokitika. Displays of artefacts and videos from the gold mining era. Also a huge example of a horse drawn carriage which was the only form of... More 

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East Petersburg, Pennsylvania
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67 reviews 67 reviews
35 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

If you want to see a Kiwi, this is the place. We always thought they were small birds but they are about the size of a full grown chicken. Getting a little rundown, but the employees are very gung-ho and informative.

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hokitikamuseum, Manager at Hokitika Museum, responded to this review

This review is for the National Kiwi Centre in Hokitika rather than Hokitika Museum. More 

Sydney, Australia
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65 reviews 65 reviews
20 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

This is a regional museum in an impressive building. For a small admission fee the displays were interesting and well presented. You don't need to allow long to look through but it is worth seeing.

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Marlborough, New Zealand
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

Enjoyed the displays in the Hokitika Museum - very interesting to get a good picture of the past. Impressed with the renovation of the historic building.

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Christchurch
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15 reviews 15 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

I had some exhibits which I wished to donate to this museum; exhibits involving the Stanley Graham murder of police and home guards many years ago, being of particular interest to such area. After a telephone consultation my wife and I travelled from Christchurch to Hokitika where I handed over the material. Staff there are most courteous, professional yet friendly.... More 

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

Great museum that gives you a real insight into the history of Hokitika and the surrounding area. Small entry fee, but worth the money as it was a very well constructed museum considering its size. Loved the NZ radio exhibition with the sound clips of important events and icons. Interesting reconstructions of huts and bars to get the gold rush... More 

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Hamilton, New Zealand
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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

The Museum was a very old building that looked spooky inside it was nice and new looking. The displays were very interesting I liked the models

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

The curator of the museum was fantastic to engage my 9 year old son in a treasure hunt of the museum. This meant he took a huge interest in all things about our past and things that shaped our country. Nice work for such a cheap price - only $5. Brilliant time to escape the hot sun after we had... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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56 reviews 56 reviews
20 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014

Lovely to learn about the Pioneers who made the West Coast what it was. Well worth the admission price of $5 and the short film is a good watch as well.

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