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Last updated: 11 February 2018

Hokitika Museum, Westland District Council

About Hokitika Museum, Westland District Council

previously West Coast Historical Museum

Hokitika Museum has had to close its doors to the public until further notice.

Westland District Council has undertaken a Detailed Seismic Assessment on the Carnegie Building on which houses part of Hokitika Museum. The seismic performance of this building has been assessed as 12% of the National Building Standard (NBS) by structural engineers. This means the building is classified as a high risk building and the existing structural performance is unacceptable.

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Hokitika Museum covers the Westland District (from Taramakau River south to Big Bay) and has a large collection of archives and photographs.

We have 28 collections in The Community Archive »

Facilities and services

Contributor type:

  • Museum or art gallery

Archive types:

  • Business archives
  • Local government
  • Personal papers
  • Religious archives
  • School records
  • Voluntary group archives, clubs, societies, etc.

Research services:

Hokitika Museum's research centre is open by appointment only

Reproduction services:

Reproduction services are available


Admission to the research centre is $5 which covers the first half of searching. After that additional assistance by staff is charged for at $30 per hour. A remote research service is offered for $60 per hour with a minimum charge of $30, please enquire for an estimate.

Visitor information

Opening hours:

Closed until further notice.

Onsite parking:

Street parking (ample parking is usually available)

Physical access:

Wheelchair accessible

Contact details


17 Hamilton St

Postal address:

Private Bag 704
Hokitika 7842

Phone number:

  • +64 3 7556898