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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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This is an amazing museum

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 17, 2015
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Shaftesbury, United Kingdom
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101 reviews 101 reviews
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
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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Ormskirk, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

We had just a day and night in Hokitika, but thoroughly enjoyed the visit. We were warmly welcomed by two very friendly ladies at the desk and spent an enjoyable hour looking around the informative exhibits describing the early days of Hokitika, the gold, the whitebait and the characters of the area. Well worth a visit.

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Crosshaven, Ireland
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

Good audio visual interviews and presentation of the history of west coast settlement, the gold rush and whitebait fishing!

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Riverina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

Enjoyed the history of the links to the gold and coal mining in Hokitika. There was also a display celebrating the 150 year anniversary of the township that was occurring during the weekend of our visit.

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Te Awamutu, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

Thoroughly enjoyed the audio visual!! Great insight into the history of the area, would totally recommend visiting!!

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

What. a gorgeous little museum. Well curated, and maintained, and a great set up for the kids, who raced around doing a quiz, and having a ball. Added bonus of a small art exhibition there also. A really great place to stop in at on your travels.

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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

Liked the audio visual presentations of the history of the area. Would have liked a map to show the relationship between the old photos and the local area and what changes there had been.

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Wollongong, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

Well laid out lots of accessible information, good presentation. Hokitika has a fascinating history especially from its gold days and this little museum staffed by volunteers evokes that history very well.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

Such an amazing reference source, social history statement & family history background research starting point. I am so glad I paid a visit. Thanx to Carnegie we have a valuable resource both with its original intent & as a fabulous resource now!

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

We thought we'd check it out as it had such good reviews and it was worth it. The host was wonderful to deal with and stories of the past in the meusem are really interesting. The 20 minute movie is worth the watch. Glad we stopped in to check it out.

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