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Pounamu (NZ Jade)

For a small town, Hokitika struck it rich in the resources stakes. Before the gold rushes Maori were already heading here in search of another precious stone – pounamu. The Arahura River is the birth place of pounamu which is also known as greenstone or New Zealand jade.

Pounamu was prized for its strength, durability and beauty and used for weapons, tools and personal ornaments – it also denoted great status.  

Pounamu in Hokitika

  • Shop for pounamu in the many shops and galleries. Master carvers work in their studios and you can chat to the carver about its origins or the design. 
  • You can even carve a piece for yourself! 
  • For the fossicker there is still the chance you can find a bit of your own. It’s not uncommon to find small pieces on the Hokitika beach that have been washed down in a storm.
  • If you want to learn even more about the precious stone there are free educational tours in town. 
  • The Arahura River is the birthplace of pounamu. There are many different legends about the origin of pounamu. One well known story tells of Poutini who fell in love with Waitaiki - a beautiful married woman that he saw bathing in the river. Poutini was chased by the husband Tamāhua who had kidnapped his wife Waitaiki. Fearing capture but refusing to give up his love, Poutini turned Waitaiki into his essence - pounamu - and laid her in the riverbed at the junction of the Arahura River with a stream that became known as Waitaiki.

Browse the listings below for Hokitika places that feature pounamu. 

See & Do

Mountain Jade - Weld Street

www.mountainjade.co.nz
PH: (03) 755 8007 E: jennyk@mountainjade.co.nz

FREE INTERACTIVE GUIDED TOURS DAILY - Learn about the history, formation & manufacture of jade. Mountain Jade has one of NZ's largest selection of quality & affordable Jade/Pounamu carvings & sculptures for you to choose from. A "Must Do" West Coast experience. 

Arahura Greenstone Tours

www.greenstonetours.co.nz
PH: 03 755 6937 E: info@greenstonetours.co.nz FREEPH: 0800 545 055

Guided along the sacred Arahura River you will journey and learn the significance of Pounamu important to the Kati Waewae Hapu (West Coast Tribal Authority). Authentic Legends will be shared passed down through generations from the local Maori elders. Arahura Greenstone tour is an unique culture, finding, carving experience.  Find and make your own piece of New Zealand History on the last private river on earth.

Hokitika Beach Walk

LOCATION : Hokitika Beach

EASY 
Access: Readily accessible from Beach St, via Weld Lane, Sunset Point Rd & several other access roads (see map).
Features: Wonderful wild beach, black sand & pebbles (including pounamu-jade), driftwood, mountain views, sunsets, sunrise, & starry nights. Walks, picnicking, fossicking for pebbles & driftwood, sandcastles, swimming (for the experienced only), surfing, & surfcasting. Keep your eyes open for the Little Blue Penguin but please respect their space!

Art & Craft

Traditional Jade

www.traditionaljade.co.nz
PH: (03) 755 5233 E: traditionaljade@actrix.co.nz

Traditional Jade is a locally owned small family business who are of Ngai Tahu descent. We have top quality affordable Jade/Pounamu carvings and sculptures. Come and visit our friendly knowledgeable team and see one of the biggest raw jade collections in New Zealand.

Tectonic Jade

www.tectonicjade.com
PH: 03 755 6644

Gallery specialising in 100% pounamu/NZ jade. Unique works of art and jewellery for those who love to be individual. Highly recommended by Lonely Planet - "The work by local carver Rex Scott is arguably the best in town". Garden Cafe with amazing coffee and great food also on site as well as pre-loved vintage clothing. 

Heritage Jade

PH: (03) 755 6514 E: heritagejade@yahoo.co.nz

FEATURING POUNAMU – NEW ZEALAND JADE ONLY Call into Heritage Jade and see the finest carved pounamu pieces on the West Coast. Colin, our carver, is of Ngai Tahu descent and gathers and shapes this sacred stone himself to ensure best quality. Located opposite Fat Pipi Pizza.

Mountain Jade - Tancred Street

www.mountainjade.co.nz
PH: (03) 755 8009 E: jennyk@mountainjade.co.nz

Come visit our friendly, knowledgeable staff and view the large selection of Jade/Pounamu jewellery and sculptures. Something for everyone at great prices. Open 7 days

Hokitika Craft Gallery

www.hokitikacraftgallery.co.nz
PH: (03) 755 8802 E: gallery@hokitikacraftgallery.co.nz

A cooperative of around 15 local crafts people and artists. The gallery is run by it’s members who make unique designs to the highest standards. Wood, NZ Jade, Silver & Gold,  Bone, Pottery, Fibre, Flax, Art are featured. Open 7 days 9.00 - 5.30 (Winter 9.30 - 5). POUNAMU / JADE   -  NEW ZEALAND STONE

 

Wilderness Gallery

www.wildernessgallery.co.nz
PH: (03) 755 7575 E: juergen.schacke@gmail.com MOBILE: 021 184 0917

Discover highest quality, purely New Zealand made art, giftware and jewellery alongside the local colours of the West Coast captured by renowned wildlife and landscape photographer Juergen Schacke. The fresh and inspiring Wilderness Gallery is a fantastic way to take in and take home the spirit of the region. We look forward to seeing you!  Open 7 days.

Westland Greenstone Ltd

PH: (03) 755 8713 E: westlandgreenstone@xtra.co.nz

Established in 1962 and proud to be following the tradition of manufacturing and selling exclusively genuine NZ jade. Watch our craftsmen at work in our bright and welcoming showroom. Choose from top quality jewellery, ornaments, Merino Possum, Icebreaker Merino clothing, paua products, NZ Skincare and much more. Our expert friendly staff will help you buy with confidence. Open 7 days.

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