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The small town of Reefton is a place for everyone to enjoy - be it for a day or two, a week or a place to call home.
Reefton's gold rush in the 1860's helped to establish a rich heritage.

Address: 67 Broadway, Reefton, Reefton 7830 Fox Glacier & West Coast



As the Coast’s only inland town, Reefton is certainly remote, but you’ll be surprised at the many ways to pass the time here.

As well as being the first to have a public supply of electricity, the town was the first to switch on an electric street lighting system in the Southern Hemisphere.
Many of the heritage buildings have been lovingly restored and offer a charming insight to the past as well as providing a range of accommodation, places to eat and shop. 

Teamed with all the charm and character that Reefton has to offer, you will find a range of unique activities and attractions that help to make Reefton an iconic destination.

Reefton is a fabulous pioneer town that has lost neither its yesteryear charm, nor the spirit of endeavour that, in the 1880s, made it the first town in the southern hemisphere to reticulate its own electricity. Many of the towns' key buildings still date from this era.

Born on gold in the late 1860’s, Reefton has preserved much of the character and charm of it’s historic past and this alone makes for a fascinating visit. The township and the Victoria Conservation Park feature some of the region’s most memorable historic sites.

Reefton township is also situated in the heart of the Victoria Conservation Park (with 180,000 hectares NZ’s largest conservation park) which provides for some of the best back country hikes and walks in the country. The  area is known for its diverse beech forests and variety of bird-life including tuis, bellbirds, kea, kaka and parakeets. In some places you can even hear kiwi calling at night!

Reefton is supported by a wide range of visitor amenities including:

      - guided tours

      - fishing and hunting

      - retail shops

      - banking and service stations for motoring needs

      - a fine selection of traditional and modern cafes, pubs and dining services

      - a wide range of accommodation choices

The Victoria Conservation Park around Reefton offers a number of walking tracks, however if you’re interested in finding out more about Reefton’s colourful mining history, take the Heritage Walk around the town. 

Maruia Springs is located 50 min to the east, on the Lewis Pass road. It offers quality accommodation, natural thermal pools and a variety of walks.   

Soak away your worries in the natural thermal pools of Mariua Springs.  Therapeutic and soothing, hot springs have always been considered medicinal wonders for a variety of ailments, not least ‘driving too much’ or ‘walking too many great scenic tracks’.  Less than an hour from Reefton, in the Lewis Pass, the Maruia Valley also offers fantastic fresh water streams for brown trout fly fishing.

For more information contact: Reefton iSITE
CAll +6437328391 or simply type "iSITE" in Explore search box


Junction of SH69 and SH7, Buller District, Westland, South Island

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