Whitebait Season Here

For the visitor it may be hard to understand why we get so excited about a tiny translucent fish but on the West Coast whitebaiting is a big deal.

West Coast whitebait season runs each year from 1 Sept to 14 Nov and many cafes and restaurants in Hokitika have their own signature whitebait dish. One taste and you will realise what all the excitement is about.

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Hokitika Gorge

Sometimes you see photos of a tourist spot and think yeah right, it can't look that good as that in real life. The Hokitika Gorge is one of those places. 

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.

More information on the Hokitika Gorge

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Cool Little Beach Town

Hokitika offers the best small town holiday on the West Coast of the Southern Alps, New Zealand.

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!

More information on Hokitika Town Centre

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The Luminaries

Congratulations to Eleanor Catton and her 2013 Man Booker prize winning novel The Luminaries. Set in our cool little town of Hokitika in 1866, it is a rip-roaring whodunit that brings to life much of the gold history of Hokitika.  

Learn more about The Luminaries and Hokitika.

West Coast Wilderness Trail

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

More information on Mountain Biking around Hokitika.

Birthplace of Pounamu

Before the gold rushes Maori were already heading here in search of another precious stone - 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.

More information on Pounamu / NZ Jade

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Gold Rush 150

Gold Rush 150 is a year long celebration commemorating the 150th anniversary of the founding of Hokitika. Fun and interesting events will run from Dec 2014 to 2015. New ones are being added all the time so check back periodically to see what has been planned. 

More information on Gold Rush 150


Lake Kaniere

Arguably one of the country's most beautiful lakes, Lake Kaniere is just 19 kms inland from Hokitika and is located in a scenic reserve surrounded on three sides by mountains.

It has great swimming, boating, walks, a picnic area, camping ground and much more. A wonderful place for a family holiday on the West Coast.

More information on Lake Kaniere

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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.

Reviews of Hokitika


Have a look at travellers' photos and read their reviews of Hokitika on Trip Advisor. 


Hokitika Community Calendar

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


Haast Pass Road is open for travel

The Haast Pass Road is open for travel during the daytime! At Haast, it closes at 4pm and reopens 7:30am. At Makarora, it closes at 4:30pm and reopens at 7:30am. 

More information can be found here

Whitebait season is now on

Drive Times & Distances

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