The Hokitika Museum is a regional museum located in the heart of Te Tai Poutini - West Coast. What began in 1869, in the new Town Hall, as the “Museum Room” grew into the West Coast’s largest museum and archive.


In 2021 the Hokitika Museum closed its public galleries for seismic strengthening.

Te Tai - Hokitika Museum Research Centre is available for online enquiries through our website, phone or email

Our new displays are being developed to capture the imagination of all ages, but with a particular emphasis on reaching and enthusing younger people about our colourful local history. Keep an eye on our website and social media sites for updates on when Nga Whakatūranga (exhibition galleries) will re-open. 

The Museum takes its responsibilities of the guardianship of our local taonga very seriously. The Museum team are professionally trained in Museum and heritage practices to ensure the long term preservation, curation and public access to the collection. 


17 Hamilton St, Hokitika 7810, New Zealand
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