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Hokitika Museum

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Address: Carnegie Building, 17 Hamilton St, Hokitika 7810, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 643755898
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Description: The Hokitika Museum is a regional museum located in the heart of Westland...
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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Beautiful historic building

Unfortunately we arrived just as it was closing ( open 10am to 2pm in May). The lady behind the desk was lovely. Had a great chat to her about the historic buildings in the town... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
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Hobart, Australia
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Hobart, Australia
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Unfortunately we arrived just as it was closing ( open 10am to 2pm in May). The lady behind the desk was lovely. Had a great chat to her about the historic buildings in the town ... In its former mining times. The museum looked very interesting for anyone interested in learning about the mining past

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Twizel, South Canterbury
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19 reviews 19 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

A great little museum telling us all we needed to know about the town's history. Many great displays bringing the past to life. Fascinating.

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Nelson, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

Housed in the stately Carnegie Building the museum is small but packed full of informative, interactive exhibits. The staff are friendly and knowledgeable. There is a kids quiz, a different one for older and younger children, to keep them engaged. My three teenage children and I spent an enjoyable rainy afternoon wandering round the various exhibits in different rooms. The... More 

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Long Island, New York
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

Wonderful photos of gold rush days. The exhibits were diverse and it was a wonderful two and half hour visit

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Nelson-Tasman Region, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

A real surprise! A Quiz to keep the Kids happy and good displays right throughout. Take your time to read the information and get a real sense of what is was like back in the gold era.

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Sydney, Australia
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55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

This is one!! Interesting building saved from demolition by the locals and now serves its community well as a great local museum. 3.5 would be a fairer score

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Levin, New Zealand
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

What a fabulous time we had. So much research material available to assist in the research of past family and the west coast area. The people working there were so friendly and helpful. Was worth the trip from Levin, and we look forward to returning in the near future to do more research. Thank you to the people working at... More 

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Hamilton, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

My wife and I called in for a look around this little museum when passing through Hokitika. It is housed in a grand old building, the Carnegie Building. It has very well laid out and informative displays outlining the history of pounamu in this region, the huge impact of gold mining on the development of the region and a most... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

We specially stopped near Hokitika on our frenzied drive up the West Coast of NZ South Island (we had booked on the excellent Transalpine Railway from Graymouth to Christchurch and had to make the train). In the guide books it claimed it was the place to see!. We stayed 10m out at the excellent Rimu Lodge and spent an evening... More 

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Shaftesbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

We hugely enjoyed our visit, it is such a good Museum with so much to tell about the NZ speciality: the whitebait! We found out so much about early settlers, those involved in the Gold Rush, and the ways in which they coped. Struggling over appalling roads which washed away and were constantly rebuilt; this is a great museum well-displayed... More 

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