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Hokitika Museum Closure – 20 Sep 2016

Hokitika Museum has had to close its doors to the public until further notice. 


9-Nov-2016: Our move to temporary premises is on hold while Council consider additional information from engineers regarding the seismic strength of the building. We hope to have news after the Council meeting on 24 November. We’ll keep you posted.


Westland District Council has undertaken a Detailed Seismic Assessment on the Carnegie Building which houses part of Hokitika Museum.  The seismic performance of this building has been assessed as 12% of the National Building Standard (NBS) by structural engineers.  This means the building is classified as a high risk building and the existing structural performance is unacceptable.


Currently Westland District Council and Hokitika Museum staff are working through the ramifications of the report and considering the options available. Please rest assured that the bulk of the collection is stored in the 1973 part of the museum complex which meets the minimum standard for safety under the Building Act. Museum staff are currently working in this part of the building also.


We will provide updates on this page and our Facebook page as they become available.


The Hokitika Museum is a regional museum located in the heart of Westland and housed in the historic Carnegie Building.

The rugged and isolated West Coast has a fascinating history of adventure and fortitude. Come and see for yourself!

  • Greenstone & Gold audio-visual experience

  • Tangata Whenua and pounamu

  • Gold rush

  • Giant Meccano dredge

  • Special exhibitions

  • Quiz for kids

  • Museum shop

A Pictorial History of Hokitika 1865 – 1885

This beautifully produced 30 page album brings to life a fascinating slice of New Zealand’s gold-rush history and features historic images of Hokitika from the Museum’s collection complemented by quotes from Eleanor Catton’s Man Booker prize-winning novel The Luminaries. This clever combination has created a vivid and memorable impression of a burgeoning Victorian era gold-rush town.

Hokitika Pictorial

A Pictorial History of Hokitika 1865-1885 will be of great interest to fans of The Luminaries (and would be a wonderful visual companion to anyone reading the book) and will also appeal to anyone with an interest in Hokitika or gold-rush history in general. A Pictorial History of Hokitika 1865-1885 has been produced by Hokitika Museum as a fundraiser and has the support of Eleanor Catton and Victoria University Press. It is only available from Hokitika Museum. Only $30


Payment Options:

NZ$30.00 plus post and packing

Within NZ post and packing is $6.50 for up to five books

International postage is NZ$6.50 per book

Cash, Eftpos, VISA & Mastercard: Accepted at the Hokitika Museum reception (10am to 5pm daily)

Cheques: Make cheques payable to Hokitika Museum . Send cheques to Private Bag 704, Hokitika 7842.

Online Credit Card Payment:  Visit our secure Payment page here, please include the words HOKITIKA PICTORIAL in the reference box.


For all other queries, please contact the museum on +64 3 755 6898 or enquiries@hokitikamuseum.co.nz


Hokitika Museum’s WW100 exhibition OUR BOYS AT GALLIPOLI has closed!

But you can still see the photos online at www.flickr.com/photos/hokitikamuseum. We are now working towards our next WW100 exhibition and welcome information from anyone connected to the men and women from Westland who served during the war.


Our Boys at GallipoliOur Boys at Gallipoli-Crosses


Find out more about Hokitika Museum’s

latest publication on the What’s New page

enquiries@hokitikamuseum.co.nz or 03 755 6898


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