Blacks Point Museum
03 732 8391
Peter Lawn: (021) 067 3467
CLOSED FOR WINTER
1st May 2016 to Labour Weekend 2nd October 2016. Able to open on request.
Family Pass: $15.00
(After hours entry can be arranged at a cost of $10 per person)
Closed on Public Holidays
Blacks Point Museum, run by keen members of the local community, is the Reefton areas main museum and is worth a visit even if you’re not a history buff!
The museum is situated about 2km from Reefton in the heart of Blacks Point. The museum building is a piece of history in its own right and is one of many in the Reefton area to be lovingly maintained since pioneering times. The building, constructed of pit-sawn timber, was formerly the old Wesleyan Methodist Church and dates back to 1876.
Once you step inside you will find a fascinating collection, housing thousands of exhibits that display the rich and diverse history of an iconic West Coast town. Blacks Point Museum, records the way of life in a mining town and the mural on the left, painted by local resident and well-known cinematographer Alun Bollinger, is a great depiction of this history.
The museum features school records, cemetery records, town directories, historical photos, artefacts, family trees, books and all kinds of mining memorabilia. A must see highlight is to the working gold/quartz water driven stamper battery, that was built and used for mining in 1870′s and continues to bring history to life.
Peter Lawn or Graham Gollan, the museum's enthusiastic curators, are always willing to explain the history of the area to visitors, or to assist the search for information in the museum's extensive archive. The museum has to be the first point of call for anyone interested in family history, genealogy or the way of life of New Zealand’s pioneers.
BLACKS POINT MUSEUM CLOSED FOR WINTER: 1ST MAY 2016 TO LABOUR WEEKEND 2ND OCTOBER 2016
During the winter months, the museum is often open during school holidays or long weekends, or can be opened by arrangement by contacting: Peter Lawn, phone (021) 067 3467
Blacks Point is an historic township located just 2 km east of Reefton on the Lewis Pass Highway (SH7) towards Christchurch. It is a small settlement rich in cultural history with strong Cornish and Celtic connections dating back to the 1860s. The discovery of gold in Murray Creek, in the Blacks Point hills by the Murray brothers was the spark that set this area alight.
With its setting alongside the Inangahua River, historic cottages, cottage gardens and meandering streets, Blacks Point is a fascinating place to visit and is the launching point for the renowned Murray Creek walking track network.
Whether you’re a history buff, a keen walker, looking for your next mountain biking adventure or just want to take in some amazing scenery there is plenty to see and do in Blacks Point.
Blacks Point is home to the amazing Blacks Point Museum, which houses thousands of exhibition items displaying the rich history of the Reefton and Inangahua area. A highlight of the museum is the Golden Fleece Stamper Battery, this beautifully maintained piece of mining memorabilia is still in working condition and brings history to life right before your eyes.
Blacks Point is the starting point to numerous walks taking you into the wild and beautiful West Coast native bush. At an easy pace you can stroll the surrounding area including the lovely miner’s cottage and cottage gardens, or along the 15 minute Golden Fleece Walk through beautiful native beech forest, teeming with birdlife including native tui and bellbirds. For the more energetic take the vigorous walk to the Energetic Mine also known as the infamous “Slaughter House”.
For those keen mountain bikers Blacks Point, Reefton is really making a name for itself as a great location for your next adventure. The Murray’s Track; Ajax Track – “the Machine Track”; and the Lankey Creek Tram Track all set-off from Blacks Point. For the skilled biker try the renowned Murray Creek to Waitahu Saddle – “the Devils Tail” track. This track climbs up a historic road to the Waitahu Junction then drops down a benched single track ending with technical, devilish, descent down to the Clematis suspension bridge. Ride back to Reefton via Gannons Rd and the Reefton Highway or if you still have some energy to burn head up the valley to Montgomerie Hut.