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Hokitika Museum

Carnegie Building, 17 Hamilton St, Hokitika 7810, New Zealand
+64 643755898
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Ranked #3 of 10 Attractions in Hokitika
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums
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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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Marlborough, New Zealand
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15 reviews 15 reviews
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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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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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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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6 reviews 6 reviews
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 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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19 helpful votes 19 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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Istanbul, Turkey
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

If you find yourself in Hokitika, take the time to visit this museum. It gives a clear idea of what life was like here when the town was founded during the gold rush. If you're curious about the area's much touted whitebait, you'll learn everything you need to know about it here. Very friendly staff.

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York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

There is some interesting material displayed here. For us, the display (and film) on the whitebait industry and the one (again with film) on the history of mining industry in the region were the most worthwhile. Friendly staff!

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

Many times have a visited this excellent provincial Museum. The staff are terrific fonts of knowledge. The exhibitions are so fascinating I have been known to spend 2 hours there. I only wish they could add material on the post WW2 era.

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Melbourne Airport
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

$5 entry into a wonderful little museum. Friendly staff, wonderful exhibits. Could have spent longer in there.

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