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.
Pounamu in Hokitika
Meet master carvers in their working studios and shop for pounamu in the many shops and galleries. You can even carve a piece for yourself!
For the fossicker, it’s not uncommon to find small pieces on the Hokitika beach that have been washed down in a storm (note you need permission to get stone from rivers!).
Take one of the free educational tours in town or visit the Carnegie building for a pounamu display.
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