Kumara Race Day Get out your best clothes, buy a new hat and have a wager on the gee gees!! Country racing at it’s best. Takes place on the second Saturday in January each year.
“Take a Seat” sculpture competition in August. Unveiling in January.
Driftwood & Sand Sculpture Competition Turning driftwood into art is a week of entertainment and fun on the beach. Takes place in January. Click here to see video.
Sand Dune Classic A fun day of golf on the beach. Takes place at the end of January.
A & P Show Westland Milk Products produces the best dairy product in NZ – the Pride of the Coast!! Be entertained by the country fair atmosphere. Takes place at the end of January.
Speights Coast to Coast Cycle, run and kayak from west to east. Takes place in February.
Wildfoods Festival A celebration of Hokitika’s unique lifestyle, food and hospitality! Takes place on second Saturday of March each year
The Wildfoods Festival is an iconic and premier NZ event with international recognition, which has captured the very heart of the coast.
The proof of it's success is its 20th year existence, with new wacky and wildfoods each year to tempt your taste buds if you dare. So come on over and join in the fun and make Hokitika Wildfoods your New Zealand experience.
It's not just about Wildfoods though. Our small community of talented people and our unique environment lets us do things differently.
Wet West Film Fest
We created the Wet West Film Fest with filmmakers from around the globe submitted their short films with a “wet theme” to be judged by a panel of experts and the general public.
"Take a Seat" Competition
Then there’s the “Take a Seat” competition. An artists flair on seating, with local significance.
Winning entries are designed, produced and placed along the walk ways of Hokitika...
2008 – Women of Westland Seat
2007 – Nudibranch Reclinder Seat
2006 – Feathers of Peace Seat
2005 – Waves of Humanity Seat
2004 – Pierson Seat
Driftwood & Sand Sculpturing Competition
The numerous mountain rivers, running wild in stormy nights gather trees and branches into their waters. Turning, twisting, bending and washing, the debris shaped, and emerging from the wild Tasman Sea is fair game for artists.
Find your creative soul, take time out the indulge your imagination. The driftwood is there for the taking, grab a friend, bring the family and join in the fun.