Interest

Gold

Hokitika was founded on goldmining in 1864 at the height of the gold rush. And some hit it rich! The largest gold nugget ever found in New Zealand was unearthed in Ross (south of Hokitika) in 1909. It was as big as a man’s fist and weighed 2.8kgs.

Gold Panning 

The hills and streams surrounding Hokitika still hold gold and you can try your luck panning at the historic goldfields of Ross and Goldsborough. Both are official public fossicking areas and gold pans can be bought cheaply in town.

Gold Relics 

On many of the bush walks near Hokitika, especially in the Goldsborough and Blue Spur areas, you can still see authentic relics from the gold years including water races and tunnels.

The Luminaries and Hokitika

Eleanor Catton's 2013 Man Booker Prize winning novel The Luminaries is set in Hokitika. It brings to life the Hokitika of the gold rush era circa 1866. Read it for a feel of what life used to be like for those pioneer gold miners. 

Gold in Hokitika Arts & Crafts

Its local abundance has inspired its local artists as well. You can watch goldsmiths at work and talk to them about their designs in several galleries in Hokitika.

Browse the listings below to see Hokitika places that feature gold. 

 

See & Do

Ross Goldfields Information & Heritage Area

www.ross.org.nz
PH: (03) 755 4077 E: rossgoldfields@netaccess.co.nz

Home to New Zealand’s largest gold nugget “ The Honourable Roddy”. Pan for gold in our all weather area, gold pan hire or purchase your own. Gold jewellery, nuggets and souvenirs. History room with audio visual & working models. Open 7 Days

Tunnel Terrace Walk

LOCATION : Awatuna/Goldsborough

EASY 
Time: 20 minute loop
Access: Signposted on Stafford-Goldsborough roadside with carpark.
Features: Track enters and exits through old goldmining tailrace tunnels and meanders through old gold workings. Passes through regenerating rimu, kamahi and tree fern forest. A great place to see glowworms at night. 

Ross Water Race Walkway - Walk

LOCATION :

EASY / MODERATE
Time: 1 hour loop.
Access: Walk starts from Ross Visitor Centre.
Features: Follows Mt Greenland Rd up Jones Ck & loops back following water race. Replica miner's hut, several dam sites and tunnels. Passes through old Ross cemetery with views overlooking Ross and the Tasman Sea. Goldmining area relics to be seen on walk and at visitor centre.

Blue Spur Bushwalk - Walk

LOCATION : Arahura/Blue Spur

MODERATE 
Time: 1.5 hour loop walk
Access: Carpark on Blue Spur Road
Features: Old Chinese goldmining workings: races, stone walls and shafts in regrowth native forest. Great fun for kids to explore but care required due to steeper sections, hidden drops and shafts. Stick to the track, wear good footwear as parts can be slick.

Londonderry Rock - Walk

LOCATION : Kumara

EASY 
Time: 10 min one way
Access: Turn off SH73, 1 km east of Kumara onto a metalled road running alongside a water race
Features: Walk passes through stone-fields of old goldmining tailings & manuka forest to huge glacier-deposited boulder, too big for the early miners to move or break.

Rimu Lookout - Walk and Scenic Lookout

LOCATION : Rimu / Woodstock

EASY 
Time: 1 hour loop walk.
Access: Carpark at the top of Rimu Hill, 4km over Kaniere Bridge.
Features: Panoramic views of the Hokitika valley, and access to displays on the gold mining heritage of the area.

Art & Craft

The Gold Room

www.thegoldroom.co.nz
PH: (03) 755 8362 E: shop@thegoldroom.co.nz

NATURAL GOLD NUGGETS. As found, natural West Coast gold nuggets & flakes sourced from present day gold mines. Watch our jeweller working with the as found gold, creating beautiful gold nugget jewellery. Hold a large gold nugget in your hand and experience the amazing weight of gold. Studio & Gallery Open 7 days.

Kaniere Empire Hotel

PH: 03 755 8443 E: kanierehotel@live.com

Legendary West Coast hospitality, West Coast craft beers, Comfy budget accommodation, Guest lounge/kitchen. Mingle with colourful local characters, hear our unique history and stories, have a laugh, learn where to go for outdoor adventure. 'HIRE-A-PUB' Ideal base for corporate, sporting and social clubs. Find us on Facebook. 

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