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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, 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.

  • Meet master carvers in their working studios at the many galleries featuring pounamu. You can even carve a piece for yourself!
  • Search for small pieces on the Hokitika beach that have been washed down in a storm (note you need permission to get stone from riverbeds!).
  • Experience one of the free pounamu educational tours in town or visit the Carnegie building for an informative pounamu display.

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Browse Hokitika places Featuring pounamu

Browse the listings below for Hokitika places that feature pounamu.

 

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Mountain Jade - Weld Street

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. 

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(03) 755 8007
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Hokitika Beach Walk

LOCATION : Hokitika Beach

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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!

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Mountain Jade - Tancred Street

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

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(03) 755 8009
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Wilderness Gallery

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 Gallery is a fantastic way to take in and take home the spirit of the region. "Highlight of Hokitika", "Amazing Gallery" are only two of many excellent tripadvisor review headlines. Open 7 days.

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(03) 755 7575
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021 184 0917
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Tectonic Jade

Jade store 

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03 755 6644
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Heritage Jade

Featuring Pounamu (New Zealand jade). Call in 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. 

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(03) 755 6514
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Traditional Jade

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.

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(03) 755 5233
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Westland Greenstone Ltd

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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(03) 755 8713
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Hokitika Craft Gallery

This special gallery is a co-operative of local crafts people and artists. It is owned and operated by members who make unique designs to the highest standards. The gallery features New Zealand Jade, Bone, Wood, Pottery, Fibre, Silk, Jewellery and Art. Open 7 days in the Summer. Closed Sunday and Monday in the Winter. Come and meet the makers!

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(03) 755 8802
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