Migration was the main factor fuelling population growth from the 1850s to the 1870s. The gold rush of the 1860s prompted a major wave of immigration. Hokitika was close to the West Coast goldfields so new migrants landed there before going off to seek their fortunes. The number of ships docked in the harbour in 1867 reflects a busy, thriving town. Scroll to the right to see the entire photograph.
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