Hokitika is a cool little town. Bordered by the beach front and the north bank of the Hokitika River, it was the Capital of the goldfields in the 1860’s. It is also home to pounamu/NZ jade. 

Take a stroll through the shopping centre, walk along the beach, chat to the locals and take home a reminder of the beautiful beachside town.

For many New Zealanders, Pounamu, also known as NZ Jade or greenstone is more than a souvenir - it has a treasured spiritual significance. Pounamu is found in many places on the West Coast and is prized for its strength, durability and beauty. Historically it was used by Maori for weapons, tools and personal ornaments and it also denoted great status.

These days its beauty is still well appreciated, as it is found in many Hokitika shops.

For more information, visit www.hokitika.org or our local attractions page.