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.
Enjoy the place and allow a day.