Welcome to Reefton

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The saviour of Reefton

David Ziman, a Polish investor with South African experience, visited Reefton in 1895 at the suggestion of Premier Richard Seddon. Realising the potential of the then-depressed mining industry, he formed a new company, Consolidated Goldfields of New Zealand, with the assistance of the Rothschild family. Booming times in Reefton in the first decade of the 20th century were largely due to his energy and foresight.

Reefton is a small town on New Zealand's West Coast region, some 80 km northeast of Greymouth, in the valley of the Inangahua River. State Highway 7 passes through the southern part of the town, and State Highway 69 runs north to connect to State Highway 6. Ahaura is 44 km south-west of Reefton, Inangahua Junction is 34 km to the north, Maruia is 63 km to the east, and the Lewis Pass is 66 km to the south-east.

The mining town of Reefton is sited on river flats where the ─¬nangahua River leaves its narrow gorge through the Victoria Range. Originally a gold-mining town, it became a centre for coal mining in the 20th century. In 2008 gold mining is again dominant, with a large opencast pit opened by Oceana Gold.

In 1888 Reefton became the first town in New Zealand and the Southern Hemisphere to receive electricity, and its streets were lit by commercial electricity generated by the Reefton Power Station

Reefton Visitor centre

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Stunning location

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Resting among a native beech forest reserve, with the Victoria and Paparoa ranges and the Inangahua and Grey Rivers nearby, Reefton is a truly stunning destination!

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Golden Reefton

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The pursuit of gold and the history of Reefton Township go hand in hand, creating a unique opportunity to view the entire evolution of New Zealand gold mining history in one beautiful location.

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Lots to see & do

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Rugged native scenery, a rich and well preserved heritage and a natural adventure playground at its doorstep. Reefton has lots for you to see and do and is a place for everyone to enjoy.

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The town of light

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In 1888 Reefton switched on it's street lighting system becoming the first town in the Southern Hemisphere to have a municipal electricity system.

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About Reefton

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Reefton, the Coast's only inland town is nestled in the Inangahua River valley between the rugged and spectacular Victoria and Paparoa ranges.

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Reefton's History

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Established at the peak of gold rush, Reefton evolved into an entrepreneurial and prosperous town based on mining, innovation and technology 

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Visitor centre

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Department of Conservation

This Department of Conservation (DOC) site has information about the protection of New Zealand's natural and historic heritage, how and where you can enjoy public conservation places and how to get involved in conservation.

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Weather

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The West Coast is known for it's rainfall, but what is often overlooked is that there can be long, fine spells - especially during summer

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Maps

Find local businesses in Reefton, view street maps and get driving directions in Google Maps

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How do you get to Reefton?

Arriving and departing using public transportation in Reefton

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    TRAVELLING TO REEFTON

    Reefton, the Coast's only inland town is nestled in the Inangahua River valley between the rugged and spectacular Victoria and Paparoa ranges. It is centrally located at a hub of state highway access into the Coast, north from Murchison, Nelson and Blenheim and east from Christchurch. The highway system also offers easy access further north up the West Coast to Westport and Karamea, and south to Greymouth and South Westland.

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Victoria Park

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Waiuta

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Big River

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Museum

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Living History

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Heritage tours

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Reefton Cinema

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