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Hokitika


The coastal town of Hokitika is renowned as the home of Pounamu/jade. Before the gold rushes, Maori were heading here for pounamu. Just north of the 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 …