REEFTON

Reefton is a really great small town. The place has a buzz about it that is quickly infectious. Reefton is one of those towns in New Zealand that suffered very badly post the 70’s era. Reefton has bounced back. This is a really nice place and the effort being made to optimize the quite interesting links with history is working and is on display.

In 1888 Reefton became the first town in New Zealand and the Southern Hemisphere to receive electricity, and its streets were lit by commercial electrictricity generated by the Reefton Power Station.

Rich veins of gold found in a quartz reef near the town led to its name, and also its former name of Quartzopolis. Gold was first discovered near the town in 1866, although the major discovery was made in 1870. Soon after, the town briefly boasted a population of several thousand. This has dwindled to less than a thousand, but with the recent opening of an Australian owned goldmine the population is expected to grow by several hundred.

Other industries today are mining, forestry, tourism and angling.

The Reefton War Memorial is located near the town centre and is a very fitting tribute.

The Reeftonxx Blackball Museum is a must, and also down town is the ‘Coal diggers ‘café’ that has a steady flow of visitors. These museums are open most business hours.

Given Reefton’s colourful history not surprisingly the hotels are of a vintage era.

Reefton’s some of the churches are likewise historic.

As is the courthouse.

Enjoy the place and allow a day.

 

 

 

Fireplace Dump Station
General Store Bottled Gas
Internet Caravan
Camping 4WD
Kitchen Facilities Disabled access
Laundry Toilets
Campervans Accommodation
Meals   Airport
Pets Allowed   Boat Ramp
Telephone Picnic Area
Roadside Rest Area Electricity
Scenic Swimming
Tap water   Thermal Area
Stream Water Walking tracks
Rotary Club Lions Club
Gymnasium   Gardens
Winery   Whitewater Rafting
Surfing   Skydiving
Skiing Scenic Flights
Postal Service Police
Movie Location   Mountain Biking
Kayaking   Jet Boating
Information Hospital
Hang Gliding Golf Course