Reefton, The Town of Light
Reefton is called the town of light as it was the first town in the Southern Hemisphere to have electricity.
The township has many historical elements that adds to its character. Combine this with rivers that once were home to the huge gold mining industry, and bush walks and mountain bike rides, Reefton would have to be one of the South Island’s best kept secrets. Come and discover it for yourself.
Where is Reefton?
Reefton, the West Coast’s only inland town, is nestled in the Inangahua River valley between the rugged and spectacular Victoria and Paparoa ranges.
It is centrally located at a hub of state highway access into the Coast, north from Murchison, Nelson and Blenheim and east from Christchurch.
The highway system also offers easy access further north up the West Coast to Westport and Karamea, and south to Greymouth and South Westland.
Explore Reefton's History
Wander around the streets of Reefton including Broadway, the town’s main street with its pioneer and verandahed look. Take in the history, explore the historic buildings and imagine what it was like back in the 1870s when the promise of gold and lasting prosperity built the town. The many buildings dating back to the beginning help you recreate Reefton’s past.
Take in the history, explore the historic buildings and imagine what it was like back in the 1870s when the promise of gold and lasting prosperity built the town.
The many buildings dating back to the beginning help you recreate Reefton’s past – the Surveyors House (1871), the ‘Top of the Town’ shops and Forsyth & Masters Store (1870s), the Courthouse (1873), the Oddfellows Hall (1872), Bank of New Zealand (1873), National Bank (1873), Catholic Church (1877), St Stephens Anglican Church (1878), Reefton School of Mines (1886) and the Band Hall (1901).