508 Main South Road, Paroa, Greymouth, 7805, New Zealand
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Jade Factory (at Hokitika)
The Jade Factory is one of the few places where shoppers can watch skilled Carvers at work creating one-off originals. It gives visitors a chance to wander through the factory or take a guided tour with commentary about the prestigious green stone - what it meant and still means to Maori, along with a technical explanation of the physical properties.
There used to be a Maori pa here, called Mawhera, which meant Widespread River Mouth. Greymouth is at the mouth of the Grey River. Greymouth has a goldmining history and it's the largest town on the West Coast.
We only stayed in Greymouth overnight so didn't really get to sample the delights of the town. Greymouth seems to serve mainly as a stop over for people going on the Tranzalpine or further north or south of the west coast.
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