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Reefton - The Town of Light

Historic charm at the Town of Light!

The small town of Reefton is a place for everyone to enjoy - be it for a day or two, a week or a place to call home.


Reefton, New Zealand

Reefton, is the West Coast's only inland town located among the spectacular Paparoa and Victoria ranges on the Lewis Pass road near Victoria Conservation Park. With a mix of old charm and new, the shops that have purposely kept their early 1900's feel. Pop in and see Reefton Distilling Co, and stay a while in one of the Reefton accommodation options. Learn about the gold and light history of the area, have a go at gold panning, explore the nearby Lewis Pass area or just soak in the scenic surrounds at the natural hot pools at Maruia Springs.

Reefton history

Reefton became established about 1870 and with mining came technology and innovation.

In August 1888 Reefton became the first place in New Zealand and the Southern Hemisphere to have a public supply of electricity, even before the fashionable suburbs of London and New York. Do the Power House Walk to see the location of the power supply.

There are also many historic places of interest around Reefton, all of which are now part of the many rich heritage expeditions available through the recently created Goldfields of Quartzopolis.

Reefton is a Tohu Whenua landmark



Reefton Distilling Co.

Reefton Distilling Co. is a modern distillery at the forefront of spirit production in New Zealand. We produce a range of award-winning, small batch distilled premium spirits with a distinct West Coast flavour.

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