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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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10:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
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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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Interesting junk to funk exhibition

Group of elderly friends went specially for the Junk to Funk exhibition. Nice bright room well laid out exhibits. Great to see imagination at work. We did not go through the rest... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
Christine R
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Greymouth, New Zealand
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Greymouth, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Group of elderly friends went specially for the Junk to Funk exhibition. Nice bright room well laid out exhibits. Great to see imagination at work. We did not go through the rest of the museum having done that on previous visits. It has an interesting overview of the history of the area and the gold. Reasonable charge for the museum... More 

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Thank Christine R
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2016

interesting exhbits on local history gold mining and whitebait fishing which I haven't seen before, friendly staff member and nice little gift shop, I liked that there was an outdoor area as part of the museum also, worth the 6 dollars.

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Sydney Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2016 via mobile

Could spend hours in here. Wished we were not in a hurry and could spend longer reading and watching videos. Loved it. Such charm.

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Thank AeroDDD
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2016

We were just passing through Hokitika, but took a couple of hours to wander through this museum. A lot of very interesting information about the West Coast with many artifacts, photos, displays and even a film to watch that was well put together. A very informing section on greenstone which all our family enjoyed. Some parts of the display are... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2016

We went to Hokatika and then realised it was made famous by the Illuminati book. The museum is small and is basically Anglo focused history of the area. Looking at the gold rush of the mid 1800's, forestry and the whitebait. We visited on a wet day and it was worth the $6 fee.

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Thank Raj F
Pembroke, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2016

We really only called in here to get out of the rain but it really worth a visit. It was very interesting with lots of displays. There is also a small cafe, where we had a cup of tea and a scone, which was very nice.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2016

This is only a smallish museum, but it is easy to spend an enjoyable few hours absorbing the history of the area; especially the place of aviation in the early 1930s. In formation on individuals adds to the ambience of this museum which resides in a stunning building.

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Compton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2016

The museum covers a range of topics including greenstone, local history, whitebait. The displays are varied and all are interesting - yes even the whitebait one! We spent a happy couple of hours there.

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Ryde, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2016

This is a great local museum with clear exhibits outlining the social history of the area and its people. It is especially worth a visit if you have read "The Luminaries" and want to place it all in context. We also enjoyed the quilted postcards temporary exhibition and I suspect that the space would be filled by a number of... More 

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Keswick, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2016

Excellent series of displays covering various aspects of local history. The crime / courts part is deliciously gruesome.

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