Arahura Greenstone Tours, Hokitika

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Arahura Greenstone Tours, Hokitika

Arahura Greenstone Tours offer a very special Maori cultural experience.

Our Maori guides will share ancient legends and help you find New Zealand’s most coveted treasure, Greenstone, on a guided walk along the sacred Arahura River.

Your local guides have a unique connection to the Arahura river known as one of the richest sources of  Pounamu  and the local area that goes back many generations and enjoy sharing their knowledge and love of  Te tai o Poutini (West Coast) and the Arahura River.

You will be able to find small pieces of Pounamu (Greenstone), learn to carve this precious stone into a necklace, and keep this taonga (treasure) to cherish.

For the Kati Waewae tribe Pounamu is said to be a peace stone and a vessel for good things. However, there was a time when it was used as a weapon of war; now it is a peace stone once more.

Our Arahura Greenstone Tours operate all year round, weather permitting.

Greenstone Tours

You will begin at Arahura Bridge Heritage Park.  From there you will be guided through the Arahura Pa (Tribal village) and then on a journey along the Arahura River while learning the history of the Kati Waewae Hapu.

Our guides will

  • Share their local knowledge with you, which includes the history of the region and the Arahura River.
  • On the tour you will hear the beautiful bird song of the native birds that live near the river and the guides will explain what bird was singing or calling.
  • Give you the opportunity to soak your feet in a river that is free from contaminants and the impact of modern man.
  • Show you how to identify greenstone in its natural environment.
  • Reveal the legends of the Arahura river greenstone that are sacred to the Kati Waewae Hapu.
  • Finally, on the piece of stone that you found, you have an opportunity to crave a motif reflective of you and your tour journey.

Refreshments will be provided at the end of our tour.

Our guided tours are an easy walk over flat ground and river stones.

But please be prepared to get your feet wet, however, this is all part of your Greenstone Tour Experience

Tours available:

(prices quoted in NZ$, subject to change)

  • 2 hours – $189 per adult, $50 per child (under 13)
  • 4 hours – $355 per adult, $100 per child (under 13)
  • Children under 5 free

What do you need to bring

  • Warm clothing
  • Sensible footwear
  • Camera
  • A smile!

Arahura Greenstone Tours, Hokitika Enquiry Form


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Phone: +64 21 0239 4922

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