Searching for Jade on Hokitika Beach in Hokitika, New Zealand - Encircle Photos

Searching for Jade on Hokitika Beach in Hokitika, New Zealand

Hokitika was established in 1864 at the start of the West Coast Gold Rush. Within two years, the town swelled to 25,000. After a few more years, the prospectors left in droves and Hokitika’s population plummeted. Today, the main industry is tourism. A popular activity is searching the shoreline for washed-up deposits of pounamu. Treasure seekers and jewelry lovers comb the rocks and sand for samples of the precious jade (greenstone). Also dotting the coastline are gorgeous pieces of driftwood.

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72 Beach St, Hokitika 7810, New Zealand

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