History of Gold in Westland

Eureka! Was the catch cry when gold was first discovered by explorers in Westland 1864.

This sparked one of New Zealand's largest gold rushes and was comparable to the rushes of California in 1849 and Klondike in 1900. It is not surprising that many of the same men were involved, travelling between the California, Victoria Australia and New Zealand goldfields.

Hokitika and its Port became the capital of the bustling West Cost goldfields and at one stage boasted 102 hotels, 84 of which were in endless succession along one of the main streets.

Between 1864 and 1871 the recorded gold recovery for Westland was 10,224,311 with an average of 3 17s per fine ounce.


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