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Explore The Heritage Of Hokitika

June 05, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 176

The only thing that rivals New Zealand's range of beautiful landscapes is its rich and exciting history. Many travellers become totally enamoured with the country's people and culture - it's hardly a surprise that historical and heritage attractions are some of the most popular. If you want a feel for what life was like as an early European settler in the country, you want to experience the thrill of the gold rush or understand the history of the native Maori, the West Coast is the only region you need to visit.

Beachside, beautiful and truly 'Kiwi', Hokitika is the place to be during your stay. Book a week in the Hokitika holiday park - rent a cabin or park up the campervan at one of their powered sites. The quaint town is a popular tourist destination and gives easy access to all of the nearby activities and attractions. Check out a few of the following heritage and cultural stop-offs during your holiday in the West Coast.

Shantytown Heritage Park

Since 1971, Shantytown has been operating as a must-visit heritage destination in the South Island. Located just south of Greymouth, Shantytown Heritage Park offers tourists an experience like no other in the country. Visitors can ride an operational steam train from the late 1800s, pan for gold and explore the village that recreates the look and feel of the early years of colonisation.

West Coast Historical Museum

Located in the restored Carnegie Building in Hokitika, the West Coast Historical Museum is the largest in the region. Interactive and audio-visual displays and exhibitions give an insight into the rich history of the region and the country, detailing the stories of the gold rush and the people that made their way to the coast to be part of it. Art and special interest displays change frequently, so there's always something new to see.

Walk the Town

Hokitika is filled with remnants of early settlers and the beginnings of the town that it is today. The heritage walking map details forty five different points of interest like the town clock and old government buildings that you can explore. Enjoy lunch at one of the local cafes or restaurants and explore the history of the town during an afternoon.

The West Coast is a region rich with heritage and history. Make the most of your New Zealand holiday and visit Hokitika and explore the beginnings of the country's early colonisation by the British and the cultural roots of the native Maori.

Looking for accommodation on the West Coast? Check out our Hokitika Holiday Park for cabins, self-contained units or even Hokitika motel accommodation, we have it all.

Contact our family holiday park today for more information or to make your booking, we look forward to having you stay with us

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