Hokitika is putting on a celebration of the life of Charlie Douglas this Queen’s Birthday Weekend. This year is the 100th since Charlie died in Hokitika. The celebration includes an exhibition, guided walks and a night at Hokitika’s Regent Theatre that’s all aboutCharlie Douglas. A reprint of the Graham Langton edition of the classic Pascoe book “Mr Explorer Douglas” will also be launched.
Charles Douglas was a significant Westland explorer and personality. For 40 years he roamed and surveyed the West Coast Region of New Zealand. Described as quiet and shy by his companions, Douglas was endurance personified. His diaries, with their accounts of near starvation, flooded rivers, and snowfalls are riveting reading.
The event is a collaborative effort between DOC, the Hokitika Museum, the Hokitika Regent Theatre, Heritage Hokitika, Te Rūnanga o Makaawhio, Heritage New Zealand and LINZ.