Hokitika, gateway to the South Westland World Heritage Area, is on the West Coast of New Zealand'sSouth Island. You can visit the official Hokitika tourism website at www.hokitika.org to learn all about what there is to see and do in and around Hokitika. .
Driving to Hokitika
Far from being isolated, road access to Hokitika is spectacular from all directions. Highways run through National Parks, Scenic Reserves and World Heritage mountains, coastlines and gorges.
Here is some good information about driving in NZ in winter.
The drive from Christchurch via Arthur's Pass is only a 3 1/2 hour drive.
Take the Lewis Pass then the Great Coast Road from Westport to Hokitika - deemed one of the Top 10 Coastal Drives in the World by Lonely Planet.
Relax and enjoy the scenery with coach and shuttle services that operate daily to Hokitika from Christchurch, Nelson, Picton and Franz Josef Glacier and Fox Glacier.
Flying to Hokitika
There are up to five flights a day with AirNZ from Christchurch to Hokitika, picking up international and national connections.
TranzAlpine Rail Journey
The TranzAlpine Rail Journey from Christchurch, with a bus connection at Greymouth for the last leg to Hokitika, has been named as one of the 6 top train rides in the world. It is an experience in itself.
Hokitika has a small, walkable town centre. It is also located right next to the beach and river so you don't need a car to enjoy the many retail experiences and some beautiful scenery. There is a local taxi service.
There are many amazing places to visit within easy driving distance of Hokitika. Lake Mahinapua is only 10 minutes drive south of Hokitika and a little further on is the West Coast Treetop Walkway. Lake Kaniere is a 20 minutes drive inland. Hokitika Gorge is a 45 minute drive inland and well worth it to see the surreal turquoise waters. There are shuttle and tour services available. See the local iSite for information.
If you want to access any of the West Coast Wilderness Trail, an easy cycle trail, there is a shuttle service available for you and your bikes.
For a complete list of what to see and do in Hokitika, please visit the official Hokitika tourism website at www.hokitika.org .
Wildfoods Festival, . Annual food festival displaying foods that range from the begnin, to the absolute wildest (paua titties (roe), bull, lamb and goat testicles) you could consider. Held the second Saturday in March.
Visit the Glowworm Cave, Located just at the northern entrance to town. best viewed at night, it is an easy, very short walk. Bring a flashlight.
Search for Some Jade, Hokitika is the birthplace of Pounamu/NZ Jade. You can watch the carvers at work at one of the many local pounamu galleries, you can search for it along the beach or even try carving some yourself.
Hokitika Gorge, . Visit the surreal Hokitika Gorge. You have to see the turquoise colour of it to believe it. A 45 minute drive from Hokitika. edit
Lake Kaniere, . Lake Kaniere is only 19kms inland from Hokitika. It is a popular spot for swimming, picnicking, water skiing, kayaking, fishing, walking and mountain biking. Arguably one of the countries most beautiful lakes, it is located in a scenic reserve surrounded on three sides by mountains that are capped in snow during winter. edit
Lake Mahinapua, . Lake Mahinapua is a tranquil lake 10kms south of Hokitika. Once a coastal lagoon it is a lovely place for a swim, the water is surprisingly warm. Families love it as there is a suitable wading area for young children and bigger kids love jumping off the jetty or launching a canoe to explore. Fishing is best done from a boat, with perch and brown trout plentiful.edit
Try West Coast Whitebait, . Try your hand at netting some whitebait. Or relax and taste this local delicacy at one of the many cafes in town. edit
Experience the Local History, . Hokitika has a rich history based around gold and timber. There is an easy local heritage walk along with a museum, guided tour and many of the nature walks feature historic relics. edit
Hokitika Glass Studio, Town Centre: 9 Weld Street, ☎ 0064-3-7557775. 9am-5pm - 7 days a week. A wonderful and unique opportunity to purchase some skillfully created glass art whilst watching the glassblowers. Visit www.hokitikaglass.co.nz edit
Wilderness Gallery, 29 Tancred Street, ☎ 0064-3-7557575, . 9am-5pm. A fresh, contemporary gallery located in the heart of Hokitika. the perfect place to discover the Colours of the West Coast. Stunning Photography, unique giftware by handpicked NZ artists. Highly recommended on www.tripadvisor.comedit
Stumpers Bar and Cafe, 2 Weld Street, Hokitika (Corner of Weld and Revell Streets, Hokitika), ☎ 0800 STUMPERS (788 673) NZ only, . Stumpers is a great option for Hokitika dining with an onsite bar and cafe. Our homemade food options offer good value and are available all day from 7am until late. Enjoy anything from a light snack to a full delicious meal – there is always something suitable for the whole family. Choose from the sun-drenched outdoor seating for those warm days or grab a couch fireside for a winter warm-up. edit
Sweet Alice's Fudge Kitchen, 27 Tancred Street, Hokitika. Handmade fudge, real fruit ice creams served in handmade waffle cones, hardboiled sweets, homemade fruit jams and sumptuous soaps.edit
Stumpers Bar and Cafe, 2 Weld Street, Hokitika (Corner of Weld and Revell Streets, Hokitika), ☎ 0800 STUMPERS (788 673) NZ only, . Stumpers is a great option for Hokitika dining and drinks with an onsite bar and cafe. Choose from the sun-drenched outdoor seating for those warm days or grab a couch fireside for a winter warm-up. Live entertainment, pokie machines and sports on SKYTV. edit
Kaniere Empire Hotel, 289 Kaniere Road Hokitika, ☎ 037558443. Located just 5 minutes drive from the mai Then centre of Hokitika on the road to The beautiful Lake Kaniere and Scenic Hokitika Gorge . From $35pp. edit
Black Sands Moter Lodge and Motor Home Park, 252 Revell Street, 03 755 8772, 03 755 8773, Freephone 0800 755 222, .
Blue Spur Lodge, PO Box 168, Cement Lead Road, 03 7558445, .
Stumpers Bar & Cafe, Accommodation, 2 Weld Street, Hokitika (Corner of Weld and Revell Street, Hokitika), ☎ 0800 STUMPERS (788 673) NZ only, . "Stumpers" is your hassle-free choice for Hokitika accommodation and dining. Room options range from Shared Bunk Rooms for the budget conscious to stunningly appointed Premium Rooms that will make you feel extra special. On site bar and cafe. edit