Hokitika Greenstone Experience

A short 1hr 15 minute Māori Cultural experience hosted by local Ngāti Waewae guide Rauhine Coakley. Learn about pounamu history, the associated Māori legends, and rules around sourcing this prized treasure.



What is pounamu? (NZ jade, greenstone) Join us at Hikoi Waewae headquarters in Hokitika to experience including Karakia ( Maori blessing ), Mihi whakatau (introduction) and local Maori history of pounamu. See, handle & learn the names of the different pounamu varieties. See & learn the meanings of popular pounamu designs. Rules regarding sourcing of pounamu. See & handle beautiful pounamu specimens found on local beaches. Short walk along beach front to the famous Hokitika sign. The legend of Poutini & Waitaiki, told by our local Maori guide.


3 Beach Street , Hokitika, New Zealand
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