Outdoor Activities

Whether you are after a whitewater kayak adventure on the rivers, a relaxing day at one of two lakes, a stroll on the beach or a tramp in the mountains, there is a great choice of outdoor adventure in Hokitika, West Coast New Zealand. 


  • For the adrenaline junkies, there is white water kayaking and rafting on some of the best technical rapids in the world.
  • During whitebait season you can head down to the river mouth to watch the locals baiting or have a go yourself!
  • Spin and fly fish for sea-run and river trout all year round and from January to April you may even catch a salmon but they’re harder to find. You may have more luck at the river mouth surf casting for Kahawai.
  • If it's gold on your mind try panning in some of the public fossicking areas. 

Lake Mahinapua

  • Lake Mahinapua is our tranquil lake. 10kms south of Hokitika, it is surrounded by native bush and is a lovely place for a swim - the water is surprisingly warm.
  • Kids love jumping off the jetty into the lake or launching a canoe to explore, there are some good child friendly walks too. 
  • Fishing is best done from a boat, with perch and brown trout plentiful.
  • Bird spotters are likely to see black swans and grey and mallard ducks, or if you are lucky a white heron.
  • There’s a two-hour wetland walk following an old logging tramway that also forms part of the West Coast Wilderness Trail

Lake Kaniere

  • Inland is Lake Kaniere - 19kms from Hokitika, a great place for a swim in summer or in winter the snow capped peaks around the lake are stunning.
  • There is the Lake Kaniere Walkway mountain bike track along the western edge and the West Coast Wilderness Trail passes through here too.
  • Fish for salmon, perch, rainbow and brown trout in the lake.
  • The easily accessible Dorothy Falls is nearby and there are plenty of walks of all lengths.
  • The fit can tackle the seven hour return climb to Mt Tahua or Mt Brown. Your hard work is rewarded with great views of Hokitika, Lake Kaniere and the surrounding mountains.


  • Our beach lends itself to more relaxing pursuits. It's a place to reflect, stroll, search for pounamu, and watch some amazing sunsets. 
  • The more adventurous might go for a swim, but be careful because there can be strong rips. 


  • WIth the Southern Alps just a short drive away, Hokitika is a great place to base yourself to explore the mountains. There are a range of longer multi-day tramps
  • There are good opportunities for hunting near Hokitika
  • We are only a one hour's drive from Arthur's Pass as well so skiing is not far away. 
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