The West Coast, Stay a Night, Stay a Week

10 Jul 2014

There are lots of activities to keep you busy in Hokitika. It is central to many of the top attractions on the West Coast.

Hokitika is only 1 1/2 hours drive to the famous and spectacular Punakaiki Pancake Rocks and blowholes which is in the Paparoa National Park.  Part of this drive will take you on the The Great Coast Road, one  of the top 10 coastal drives in the world according to Lonely Planet Guide.  It is also only a 30 minute drive to the Shantytown Heritage Park, a great place for children to visit.  The famous Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers are only 2 to 2 1/2 hours drive south of Hokitika.


Closer to home there are many activities to visit and enjoy for all ages and ranges of fitness.  Take a drive to the Hokitika Gorge Scenic Reserve then continue on around Lake Kaniere and onto visit New Zealand's only Tree Top Walkway.  Enjoy a lovely lunch at their Cafe  before travelling south to the Ross Historic Goldfields where you can walk the Ross Water Race Walkway, and easy to moderate walk of about 1 hour.  Drive back to Hokitika via Lake Mahinapua.  Enjoy fish and chips at Sunset Point and watch the amazing sunset then head of to see the Glow worms.

There are numerous bush walks around the area and several Mountain Bike Trails.  Places to visit in Hokitika include:

  • Hokitika Museum,
  • Hokitika Glass Studio
  • Several Jade and Greenstone outlets
  • Hokitika Craft Gallery
  • The Gold Room
  • Ianzart
  • Sock Machine Museum
  • Relax with a round of golf at a true 18 hole links course or take a stroll around the Hokitika Heritage Trail.

And don’t forget the whitebaiting season ( 1 Sept to 14 Nov), Wildfoods Festival (second Saturday in March), Drift Wood and Sand on the Beach (towards the end of January), Lake Kaniere Scenic Triathlon (first Saturday in March) to name just a few events happening in Hokitika each year.

Use Hokitika Kiwi Holiday Park as a base to cycle the new opened West Coast Wilderness Trail.


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