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Hokitika History Walk with Ann

Hokitika, New Zealand

Experience hosted by Ann

90 mins
Up to 10 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

We’ll meet outside the î site near the town clock.
When we’ve introduced ourselves we’ll set off walking past Seddon House which was our first Government Building. I’ll tell you the story about English Pioneer Richard Seddon who came to the West Coast and ended up being Premier of New Zealand. He was quite a character.
Afterwards we’ll continue our walk to the Heritage Area along the Hokitika River. Here you’ll see and hear the stories of the sailing ships that brought passengers and supplies to the West Coast.
Then we’ll try and work out how they fitted 80 hotels into the main street in the 1860s.
There’ll be plenty of time to take photos on our walk.
We’ll stop outside the Carnegie Building and hear how Andrew Carnegie the Scottish American Industrialist donated money to the colonies to build libraries.
If you are interested in this experience but can’t find a date or time to suit you please use the Ask Ann feature on the booking page to contact me to arrange a suitable time.
Other things to note
You don’t need to be extra fit. We’ll keep to a pace to suit the whole group. There are seats to sit on along the way.
We’ll meet outside the î site near the town clock.
When we’ve introduced ourselves we’ll set off walking past Seddon House which was our first Government Building. I’ll tell you the story about English Pioneer Richard Seddon who came to the West Coast and ended up being Premier of New Zealand. He was quite a character.
Afterwards we’ll continue our walk to the Heritage Area along the Hokitika River. Here you’ll see and hear the storie…

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Meet your host, Ann

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I’ve lived in Hokitika for many years and really enjoy the history of the area.
I love telling visitors about our region. I’ve been an Airbnb host until recently.

I’ve worked in a Heritage Tourism business in outback Australia and I’ve been inspired by some of the tourist history walks I’ve done overseas.
The Luminaries, the Man Booker prize winner by Eleanor Catton is set in Hokitika. As well as a general look around town I’ll tell you about life in the 1860’s. Exciting times!
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Where you'll be

We’ll meet at the i site on Weld st.
We’ll walk through the town of Hokitika and I’ll tell you about the buildings and tales of old characters as we walk.
We’ll enjoy the peaceful walk along the Hokitika River Heritage walk. We’ll stop for photo opportunities. This is a great place to get views of Mount Cook.

Rated 4.71 out of 5 from 21 reviews.

Zenobia
January 2020
My family (3 adults and a 2 year old) had the great pleasure to take this walking tour. You stay in the township and relive it back in it's glory days. Ann brings many images with her so using your imagination isn't hard. She is very insightful and interesting to listen to. Highly recommended. Thank you again Ann. Now off to read the Luminaries.
My family (3 adults and a 2 year old) had the great pleasure to take this walking tour. You stay in the township and relive it back in it's glory days. Ann brings many images with…
Toby
January 2020
I had a great walk with Charley, Ann’s associate this afternoon! It was fascinating to see the historical buildings and he even brought me inside some of them like the theatre! Time passed so quickly. It was really cool to see the place where The Luminaries was based on, I loved the book! I recommend this walk to get an in depth experience of historical Hokitika, especially if one is short of time! The walk is also easy to do so no worries there :)
I had a great walk with Charley, Ann’s associate this afternoon! It was fascinating to see the historical buildings and he even brought me inside some of them like the theatre! Tim…
Suzette.Ashby@Hotmail.Com.Nz
March 2019
Anns knowledge made us feel like we were back. in the 1800 and were part of the old Hokitiki . Loved the stories and It was very personal as we were looking for Great Grandparents grave, which we found.
Jerri
March 2019
We enjoyed our walking tour of Hokitika tremendously. What an interesting story this town house. And the connection the tour allowed us to make with Eleonor Catton's book "The Luminaries" was terrific. It was our first tour of this kind and we are very grateful to Ann for making it such a pleasure. Highly recommended!
We enjoyed our walking tour of Hokitika tremendously. What an interesting story this town house. And the connection the tour allowed us to make with Eleonor Catton's book "The Lu…
Nancy
March 2019
Ann is knowledgeable about Hokitika’s colorful history. Having a guide enhances the experience over just reading the panels in a self guided tour. It was a pleasure spending the morning learning about the town’s charms and renown.
Ewan
February 2019
Ann gave a good introduction to the sites and history of Hokitika, illustrated with interesting photographs and personal knowledge from having lived in the town for many years. She was very friendly and happy to answer questions.

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 10 guests ages 10 and up can attend.

What to bring

Walking shoes

A coat or sunscreen if necessary