There is nothing more exciting than finding that hidden gem, feeling like you are the first person to experience a place or learning something new about yourself. There are plenty of things to see and do in Hokitika that will provide you with that wonderful sense of discovery. 

  • Try to find your own piece of "raw" pounamu on the beach that has been smoothed and polished over time by the waves and sand. 
  • Have a go at gold panning. You might find you catch "gold fever" and try to find your own "Roddy Nugget", found in Ross and weighing in at an amazing 3.1kg!
  • Visit the Hokitika Gorge, a hidden gem. It's off the beaten track but well worth the side trip. Just ask at the local information centre to make sure you don't get lost! 
  • Many of the walks around Hokitika have wonderful features that can make you feel like a kid again. They highlight the history and heritage of Hokitika as well as bring you close to nature. Squeeze through an old waterrace tunnel, find an historic relic hiding behind the bushes or come across an inquisitive weka. Just don't let it take off with your lunch! 
  • Get a bird's eye view from the treetops or see a kiwi and the ancient tuatara. There are some unique experiences in Hokitika that can give you a different perspective or access to animals that are hard to see normally. 
  • Try West Coast Whitebait for a taste delicacy at restaurants and cafes in Hokitika. Then you can discover what all the fuss is about!
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