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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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It's an interesting building in its own right and the layout is partly governed by the original design. Inside it's a really interesting, and it mainly covers the local history... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 25, 2015
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Strahilovo
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

It's an interesting building in its own right and the layout is partly governed by the original design. Inside it's a really interesting, and it mainly covers the local history, obviously, but it's an interesting history. Enjoyed the visit and the staff were great

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

On our visit to Hokitika, the weather was not cooperating at all, so we rushed in inside the museum. This was a great rainy day activity which explained the history of the region.

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Cromwell, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

A very nice little Museum with the History and Background of West Coast. Nice to look around. The staff are so friendly and welcoming... A must to do when you in Hokitika...

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

We went there with four adults and three children under four, I was a little anxious to be honest....kids aren't suited to all places if you know what I mean. But they had a ball, lots of things for a the kids to see at their height and lots of historical stuff for us to see too. Great gold mining... More 

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Hokitika, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

History of coal and gold mining plus logging and old machinery to look at. Worth a visit for anybody interested in history and the old way of life.

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Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

My husband and I happened to be "passing thru" this quaint little town. We ended up staying 3 days and did not want to leave. Aside from the incredible driftwood art on the beach, we had the opportunity to tour the Hokitika Museum. It was not large in size, but was so well staged. The staff there were so friendly... More 

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Hobart, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 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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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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