Dawsons Hotel Accommodation Reefton

Historic Reefton

Reefton has a very rich and varied history. The small town came into existence around 1870 during the West Coast gold rush and quickly prospered. In 1888, Reefton was the first place in the Southern Hemisphere to have public electricity!

Today you can wander around Reefton and see relics of the towns history everywhere – in historic buildings, a preserved locomotive, replica mining huts, the museum and the Reefton School of Mines where you can see books and minerals that were used to teach miners their trade.