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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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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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 14, 2015
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Levin, New Zealand
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Nelson-Tasman Region, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW

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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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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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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