Hokitika Gorge

The vivid turquoise water surrounded by lush native bush looks too good to be true...but trust us, it is a must do natural attraction on the West Coast.

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Cool Little Beach Town

A wild beach, no traffic lights, awesome sunsets, mountain views, artisan galleries and great cafes and bars. Fun-filled holidays you used to have, but with better coffee!

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Art, Culture & Heritage

Experience Hokitika's colourful art, culture and heritage. Watch talented artists at work as you stroll around town, take a self guided heritage walk or visit the Hokitika Museum to learn more about the art and history of the area. 

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Lake Mahinapua

Tranquil Lake Mahinapua is just south of Hokitika in a scenic reserve and is a great place for a family holiday on the West Coast. 

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West Coast Wilderness Trail

Centred around Hokitika and Kumara, the 120km West Coast Wilderness Trail scenery is second to none. Graded easy with options of short day rides to a full four days, anyone can enjoy the ride on the wild side. 

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Lake Kaniere

Lake Kaniere is just 19 kms inland from Hokitika in a scenic reserve surrounded on three sides by mountains. It has great swimming, boating, walks, a picnic area, camping ground and much more. 

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Birthplace of Pounamu

As the birthplace of pounamu, also known as greenstone or New Zealand jade, Hokitika is a vital stop for anyone in search of their own piece of pounamu treasure with its many arts and crafts galleries.

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The Luminaries

Eleanor Catton set her 2013 Man Booker prize winning novel The Luminaries in our cool little town of Hokitika in 1866. A rip-roaring whodunit that brings to life much of the gold history of Hokitika.  

Welcome to Hokitika

Video Gallery iconWelcome to Hokitika, the cool little town. When you think of the West Coast of New Zealand you think wild beauty, genuine experiences and friendly characters. Well we reckon Hokitika is all that and more - the best small town holiday on the West Coast. 

Beachside town centre

Think of those fun-filled, relaxed holidays you used to have, then throw in better coffee, a wild beach and awesome sunsets. You will find retail and service shops, great cafes, quality galleries and many choices of accommodation in Hokitika

Discover nature

Whether you're looking for a family holiday or an outdoor adventure, Hokitika has it. Lake Mahinapua and Lake Kaniere offer boating and swimming, wild rivers offer whitebaitingtrout and salmon fishing and kayaking and there are numerous mountain bike trails and walks in Hokitika. And the Hokitika Gorge is well worth a visit. 

For more relaxed adventures, try the local golf course or take advantage of some of the most scenic drives on the West Coast.  

Your wider West Coast base

Hokitika is the perfect base for your wider West Coast holiday. The Franz Josef and Fox GlaciersPunakaiki's Pancake Rocks and Arthur's Pass are just a day trip away. 

It's easy getting to Hokitika

It is not hard to get here either. Hokitika is a 3.5 hour drive from Christchurch, Hokitika Airport has direct daily flights from Christchurch on AirNZ and the world famous Tranz Alpine train is just up the road in Greymouth.

Video Gallery

Take a look at our video gallery for some inspiration of things to see and do in Hokitika.

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What's On in Hokitika

See what is happening around the Hokitika community. Fun events, coffee mornings, classes and much more are listed on the What's On in Hokitika Calendar. Add your own event by sending your information here


Haast Pass Road now open for travel 24 hours a day

The Haast Pass Road is now open for 24 hours a day!

More information can be found here

Drive Times & Distances

83 km
Arthurs Pass
99 km
Franz Josef Glacier
135 km
253 km
325 km
489 km