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, also known as greenstone or New Zealand jade.
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Just north of town is the Arahura River, home of pounamu. Its strength, durability and beauty meant it was used for weapons, tools and personal ornaments - and denoted great status.
As the birthplace of pounamu, Hokitika is a vital stop to learn about the stone and watch it being carved. There are many talented carvers offering stunning jewellery and art pieces that will make for a treasured gift back home.
Browse Hokitika places Featuring pounamu
Browse the listings below for Hokitika places that feature pounamu.
See & Do
Mountain Jade - Weld Street
Hokitika Beach Walk
LOCATION : Hokitika Beach
Art & Craft
Mountain Jade - Tancred Street