Journey to a Place of Legends

Welcome to the Pounamu Pathway

The Pounamu Pathway is an immersive storytelling experience delivered in four unique and linked hubs across the West Coast/Te Tai o Poutini, from Haast/Awarua to Westport/Kawatiri.

Journey to a Place of Legends

With our creative partner, Wētā Workshop, we bring cultural experiences to life through digital and immersive technology that is fun, surprising, creative, and utterly unique to the West Coast/Te Tai o Poutini. Māori Legends, settlements, battles and taniwha (water guardians) have formed this place of precious stone, ancient trade routes, and stunning landscapes. Follow in the footsteps of explorers, traders, guardians, and pioneers and journey through the four connected hubs bound together by the Pounamu Pathway.

The Pounamu Pathway also offers a digital pathway where you can be guided by distinctive Pou Whenua (places of significance) that link together the four centres, the natural icons of the coast and other attractions and activities.

Immerse yourself in the natural and cultural beauty of the West Coast/Te Tai o Poutini

Book Your Māwhera / Greymouth Experience

The ancestral home of Poutini Ngāi Tahu. Journey through the stories of the people of Poutini Ngāi Tahu and the Māwhera Pā (settlement). Encounter ancestral legends, like Tūhuru the Warrior Chief and Tuterangiwhānoa, who carved these great landscapes. Listen as the stories of giants and fearless warriors unfold around you, and experience tales of conquest, travel, conflict and kinship through the trade of Pounamu.

Creative Partner

Pounamu Pathway visitor experience was created in partnership with Wētā Workshop, who are renowned for bringing imaginary worlds to life for the entertainment and creative industries.

Pounamu Pathway App

Experience the West Coast / Te Tai Poutini with our Pounamu Pathway App, to uncover unique stories, history and experiences unlike anything the world has seen before.
Available on Google Play and App Stores.

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