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Reefton

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.

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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, the West Coast's only inland town located among the spectacular Paparoa and Victoria ranges on the Lewis Pass road near Victoria Conservation Park (New Zealand's largest), is well worth a stop.

Now a curious mix of old and new, it's still a preserve of historic charm as many of the heritage buildings have been restored and offer an insight to the past.

Relax as you stroll down the main street wandering in and out of shops that have purposely kept their early 1900's feel, or put your feet up and stay a while in one of the Reefton accommodation options. There are shops, antique stores, a soon to open whiskey distillery, and dining in Reefton too.

Visitors can explore the town to 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.

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Getting to Reefton

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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.

A great place to see Reefton's history in action is the Reefton i-SITE as they have a walk through replica gold mine and a fully restored Holman Winding Engine.

There are also many historic places of interest around Reefton, including:

  • The Historic Town Walk,
  • The Railway Precinct,
  • Alborns Coal Mine,
  • The Big River area.

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

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The Bearded Miners

The Bearded Miners are well known Reefton locals. Sit down and have a cup of billy tea with them and it might be a while before you leave!

They'll share stories of how Reefton was founded around gold and brag how it became the first town in the Southern Hemisphere to have electric streetlights.

The Reefton Gold area includes:

  • Inangahua,
  • Reefton,
  • Blacks Point,
  • Maruia,
  • Springs Junction,
  • Maruia Springs,
  • Lewis Pass,
  • Waiuta.

Events

Events

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Reefton
Reefton Trots

West Coasters, get set for a fun day out with Interislander Summer Festival.

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See, do & stay

Reefton
Accommodation
Marble Hill Campsite Marble Hill Campsite

Explore this valley's alpine beauty and native birds in amazing red beech forests of Lewis Pass.

$4 - $8
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Reefton
See & Do
Dawsons Hotel at Reefton Auto Lodge outside Heritage & History - Reefton Gold

Learn about the gold, timber, coal, Maori and aviation history of the West Coast at the many heritage sites on the West Coast.

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Towns, Places & Info centres
Reefton at night Reefton

Reefton, on the Lewis Pass road and near Victoria Conservation Park (NZ's largest), is well worth a stop and its claim to fame is an illuminating one – in 1888 it was the first town in the Southern Hemisphere to have electric streetlights!

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Reefton
Accommodation
Bellbird Motels Bellbird Motels

Seven ground floor apartment style self-contained one and two bedroom units. Located in the heart of Reefton.

$90 - $130
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Reefton
Towns, Places & Info centres
Reefton i-Site Reefton i-SITE Visitor Centre

We provide a comprehensive, impartial information and booking service for the West Coast and New Zealand for accommodation, activities, attractions and travel bookings.

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Reefton
See & Do
Reefton-Walks2.jpg Reefton walks

Walks in the Reefton, Waiuta and Lewis Pass area.

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