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Kaniere is located in West Coast
Coordinates: 42°44′53″S 171°0′26″E / 42.74806°S 171.00722°E / -42.74806; 171.00722Coordinates: 42°44′53″S 171°0′26″E / 42.74806°S 171.00722°E / -42.74806; 171.00722
CountryNew Zealand
RegionWest Coast
DistrictWestland District
ElectoratesWest Coast-Tasman
Te Tai Tonga
 • Total462
Time zoneUTC+12 (NZST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+13 (NZDT)
Area code(s)03
Local iwiNgāi Tahu

Kaniere is a locality in the Westland District of the West Coast region of New Zealand's South Island. Hokitika lies to the north-west, and the Hokitika River flows past to the south-west.[1][2]

The population was 462 in the 2006 census, an increase of 72 from 2001.[3]

The locality began about 1865 as one of the main alluvial gold fields of the West Coast gold rush.[4][5] The Hokitika & Kanieri Tramway laid with wooden rails was established from Hokitika by 1868, with cars drawn by horses.[6] A road followed by 1873.[7]


Kaniere School is a coeducational contributing primary (years 1–6) school with a decile rating of 7 and a roll of 115.[8]


  1. ^ Peter Dowling (editor) (2004). Reed New Zealand Atlas. Reed Books. pp. map 69. ISBN 0-7900-0952-8.CS1 maint: Extra text: authors list (link)
  2. ^ Roger Smith, GeographX (2005). The Geographic Atlas of New Zealand. Robbie Burton. pp. map 156. ISBN 1-877333-20-4.
  3. ^ Quickstats about Kaniere
  4. ^ Rogers, Anna (2005). Illustrated History of the West Coast. p. 49. ISBN 0-7900-1022-4.
  5. ^ "Hokitika River". Encyclopedia of New Zealand (1966).
  6. ^ Rogers, p 63
  7. ^ Rogers, p 67
  8. ^ "Te Kete Ipurangi - Kaniere School". Ministry of Education.