You have arrived in Reefton. Spend a day or two exploring a town that has reinvented itself as a tourist destination. Reefton origins are gold and coal mining. There are a number of historic buildings, such as the School for Mines and the main street facades reflecting the past glory. The many buildings are 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). The town has a connection with railways as the world’s only Single ‘R’ Class Fairlie locomotive in its original form sitting right in the heart of town.
Just out of town on SH 69 towards Westport, the Reefton railway precinct retains its 19th Century railway station (1892) and the country’s only remaining single row two-stall steam engine shed (1892), both former Midland Railway Company buildings. The town’s wealth is reflected in the fact that Reefton was the first to switch on an electric street lighting system in the Southern Hemisphere. The town of light.
Choose whether you potter around Reefton exploring the local museum, the art galleries, the distillery, quirky second hand shops and soak up the atmosphere of heritage Reefton. The town lies alongside the white water Inangahua River and is surrounded by the Victoria Conservation Park which at 180,000ha is New Zealand’s largest.
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