The township is located near the beach, alongside the Hokitika River, with the wonderful Southern Alps behind. There are plenty of activities on offer, or just enjoy the great restaurants, cafe's, and bars. Hokitika is in the centre of the West Coast, making it your perfect West Coast base.
Photo: Hokitika Clock Tower. (c/o Katrina Thornley ©)
With simply some of the best artisan galleries in the world, Hokitika has world class jade/pounamu jewellery and sculptures, gold craftsmen crafting natural West Coast gold into unique jewellery , Wonderful wood, and stone carving. And that is just the tip of the shopping iceberg.
Photo: Weld Street at night. (c/o Katrina Thornley ©)
The range of hikes and rainforest walks in and around Hokitika are among the best in New Zealand, with something of interest for all travellers: lush rainforest, relics from the gold mining days, natural
abundant bird life, Lakes and rivers.
Photo: Hokitika Gorge. (c/o Katrina Thornley ©)
Walk high above the rainforest canopy with the birds in the ancient Rimu and Kamahi trees. Easy access on steel platforms 20 metres high and over 450 metres long. Climb Hokitika Tower 40 metres above the forest floor for views over lake Mahinapua, the snow capped Southern Alps and the Tasman Sea.
Photo: 40.0m high Hokitika Tower.
This iconic New Zealand special event is held mid-March each year, and is a celebration of Hokitika and the wild foods of the wild West Coast. New wild foods are introduced every year, with the festival exhibiting an assortment of crazy and creative foods: marinated tuna, whitebait patties, smoked high country salmon, crocodile bites, chicken feet, grasshoppers, colostrum cheesecake, mountain oysters and so much more.
Photo: Wild Boar and Apples.
South, through the gold rush town of Ross, the rainforest gets thicker, and wilder. Okarito, an ecological gem, Franz Josef, with its rivers of ice, one of the most unique glaciers in the world, Fox Glacier and Lake Matheson, with its mirror views of Aoraki/Mt Cook and Mt Tasman. Then way down through wild Haast, the gateway to Wanaka and Queenstown.
Photo: Lake Peters, near Franz Josef.
North to Greymouth, the largest town on the West Coast where you can visit Shantytown, a replica of a 1880's gold town, then on along the wonderful sandy beaches and rocky coastlines of Paparoa National Park to Punakaiki with its Pancake Rocks and Blowholes, then Westport, and on to the spectacular Buller Gorge and Karamea.
Photo: Coal Creek Falls, near Greymouth. (c/o Katrina Thornley ©)