Hokitika was founded on goldmining in 1864. 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 in Hokitika
Gold pan at the historic goldfields of Ross and Goldsborough. Open to the public.
Do family-fun bush walks in the Goldsborough and Blue Spur areas to see authentic relics, wtaer races and tunnels.
Read Eleanor Catton's 2013 Man Booker Prize winning novel The Luminaries, set in Hokitika.
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
Tunnel Terrace Walk
LOCATION : Awatuna/Goldsborough
Ross Water Race Walkway - Walk
Blue Spur Bushwalk - Walk
LOCATION : Arahura/Blue Spur
Londonderry Rock - Walk
LOCATION : Kumara
Rimu Lookout - Walk and Scenic Lookout
LOCATION : Rimu / Woodstock