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Wrecks at Hokitika River mouth, 1866

Wrecks at Hokitika River mouth, 1866

As can be seen in this photo from 1866, numerous ships were wrecked on the Hokitika bar. When gold was discovered on the West Coast, miners set sail for Hokitika. However, the sand bar at the mouth of the Hokitika River was a shifting, dangerous obstacle.

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Gerard Hutching, 'Shipwrecks - Graveyard harbours', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 20 June 2024)

Story by Gerard Hutching, published 12 Jun 2006