Pounamu NZ Jade on the West Coast

Hokitika's Arahura River is the birthplace of pounamu or New Zealand jade. Watch this video to learn more about its origins and its carving by artists.

As the birthplace of pounamu, Hokitika is THE PLACE to learn about it, search for it, watch it being carved, shop for it and even carve it yourself. 

Learn more about this beautiful stone here or watch the video. 

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