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West Coast Whitebait

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

  • Have a go at whitebaiting yourself! Anyone can scoop net near the rivermouth. Nets and information are available in outdoor stores in town. 
  • If you don't want to try yourself, it is still worth heading down to the river-mouth to watch others scooping. The season is in Sept and Nov. 
  • Taste why everyone gets so excited about these little fish. Many cafes and restaurants have their own signature whitebait dish to tantalise your taste buds. 
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See & Do

SUMMER FESTIVAL EVENT - Hokitika Wildfoods Festival

Date : 10 March 2018
LOCATION : Hokitika Town

This is without a doubt a very unique food festival! Up to 11,000 people can descend on Hokitika for a weekend of fun and food. Tempt your tastebuds and challenge yourself. Each year a new range of exciting foods are up on offer including worm truffles, live huhu grubs and possum pie. But don't be frigtened there are some standard fare items as well including lamb, steak and of course whitebait! Entertainment is as good as it gets with multiple stages and there’s roving entertainment all day long. www.wildfoods.co.nz

West Coast Whitebait Season

Date : 1 Sept to 14 Nov 2017 inclusive
LOCATION : Hokitika Beach

Every spring on the West Coast the spawning native trout rush from the ocean back into the West Coast river systems. They are met by throngs of people who stand ready to catch as many ‘shoals’ as possible over the two months of the whitebait season. You can walk along the river banks close to the ocean and discover for yourself what the whitebait means to the local residents. It’s a little like gold fever when the whitebait is "running". Get a taste for it yourself at the many cafes in town. 

Sunset Point - Walk and Scenic Lookout

LOCATION : Hokitika Beach

EASY 
Time: 5 minutes walk from town centre.
Access: By foot, along beach, beach track, or Quayside section of Heritage Walk. By road via Sunset Point Rd.
Features: Sunsets, sunrises & starry nights. Hokitika rivermouth & beach. Lookout, views of NZ’s highest Mts. Cook (Aoraki) & Tasman (Horo Kawau). Tambo ‘shipwreck’. Information panels. Walks, picnicing, beach fossicking, fishing, & whitebaiting.

Beachfront Hotel Hokitika

www.beachfronthotel.co.nz
PH: (03) 755 8344 E: reservations@beachfronthotel.co.nz FREEPH: 0800 400 344

By the beach & in town offering range of accommodation - newly refurbished Driftwood Superior Rooms; modern, luxury Oceanview rooms; 2&3 bedroom suites; The Penthouse. Renovated Oceanview Restaurant offers elevated dining experience over the Tasman Sea. Central to jade, wood & glass art galleries. Free WIFI & Parking, Laundry Service, Bike Storage, Free Netflix (Penthouse).

Eat

Fat Pipi Pizza

PH: (03) 755 6373

You haven't experienced Hokitika until you've tried the original whitebait pizza at Fat Pipi Pizzas. In the heart of the township, enjoy gourmet treats that extend beyond pizza and discover why this unique West Coast eating house has featured in the Lonely Planet travel guide for the past four years. 

ClockTower Cafe

PH: (03) 755 7737
‘Runner-up Cafe of the Year 2012/13 West Coast Region’ by Café Magazine and ‘Highly Commended’ in the 2014 NZ Pie Awards. Open 7 days from 6.30am, on main street opposite historic Town Clock. Extensive menu, including Gluten Free & homemade fare. Whitebait available all year. Awesome coffee, reasonable prices & great service. No surcharge on Public Holidays.

Ocean View Restaurant & Bar

www.beachfronthotel.co.nz
PH: 03 755 8344 E: info@beachfronthotel.co.nz

The newly refurbished Oceanview Restaurant and Bar with its sleek design and comfort is elevated above the beach, allowing you to enjoy a top quality dining whilst watching waves break on the shore. Open daily for breakfast from 7am and for dinner from 5pm. Located at the Beachfront Hotel. 

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