Pounamu Pathway - Māwhera

Discover the sights and stories of New Zealand's wild West Coast. Immersive, inspiring and truly unforgettable – the Pounamu Pathway will guide you along the length of the West Coast, a place anchored by the stories of a treasured local gemstone.



The Pounamu Pathway is four interconnected visitor experience centres blending leading-edge digital storytelling and have been proudly co-created by Wētā Workshop, renowned for their work on The Lord of The Rings and Avatar. Nau mai. Haere mai. Welcome to Māwhera Pā. With spectacular architectural designs featuring treasured tribal patterns, master carving and other traditional artforms, the Māwhera Pa celebrates mātauranga (knowledge) and manaakitanga (hospitality) of Poutini Ngāi Tahu (people of the West Coast). Step inside to be wowed by five themed storytelling whare (houses) flowing through a central ātea (open space). See contemporary, large scale-sculptures and stunning audio-visuals inspired by ancient traditions.

The Pounamu Pathway will consist of four interconnected experience centres — Māwhera (Greymouth), Awarua (Haast), Kawatiri (Westport) and Hokitika — each offering a gateway to captivating and emotive visitor experiences.


43 Tainui Street, Greymouth, Greymouth, New Zealand
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