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Whatever the Weather

Let's face it, we live in a temperate rainforest so yes it does rain. But that doesn't mean you should miss out on some of the beauty of the area and the wonderful experiences.

Browse the listings below for some suggestions of what you can do in Hokitika in the rain or whatever the weather. 

See & Do

Mountain Jade - Weld Street

www.mountainjade.co.nz
PH: (03) 755 8007 E: jennyk@mountainjade.co.nz

FREE INTERACTIVE GUIDED TOURS DAILY - Learn about the history, formation & manufacture of jade. Mountain Jade has one of NZ's largest selection of quality & affordable Jade/Pounamu carvings & sculptures for you to choose from. A "Must Do" West Coast experience. 

Hokitika Museum Services and Research Centre

www.hokitikamuseum.co.nz
PH: (03) 755 6898 E: enquiries@hokitikamuseum.co.nz

Hokitika Museum at the Carnegie Building was closed in September 2016 due to concerns about the seismic strength of the building. We have moved to 47 Revell St and still museum and research services. Check our website and Facebook for updates, and other information including links to Westland’s wonderful stories and photographs.

Shantytown Heritage Park

www.shantytown.co.nz
PH: 03 762 6634 E: office@shantytown.co.nz FREEPH: 0800 742 689

Step back in time to discover an all weather working heritage attraction. Legendary stories of pioneering West Coasters and early industrial technology are showcased through a range of exhibits and interactive activities in a recreated 1800’s village born of the gold rush era. Steam Train Rides, Gold Panning and Old Time photos are just some of the activities available.

The National Kiwi Centre

www.thenationalkiwicentre.co.nz
PH: (03) 755 5251 E: natkiwi@xtra.co.nz

Guaranteed viewing of kiwi in their nocturnal house and New Zealand’s living dinosaur, the tuatara. Discover West Coast creatures like whitebait, crayfish and many more. Participate in our giant eel feedings at 10am, 12 noon & 3pm. Kiwi feed after eels at noon. Catch & release a freshwater crayfish in our indoor lake area! Open 7 days, 9am to 5pm in summer & 9.30am to 4.30pm in winter.

Hokitika Regent Theatre

www.hokitikaregent.com
PH: (03) 755 8101 E: manager@hokitikaregent.com

Beautiful refurbished Art Deco Theatre and Cafe. See all the latest movies on the Big Screen with latest digital projection technology and surround sound. Check hokitikaregent.com for movie session times, live shows, other events and online bookings.

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. 

Driftwood & Sand Beach Sculpture Festival

Date : in Jan every year. 2018 dates to be confirmed
LOCATION : Hokitika Beach

"Driftwood and Sand" for short, is a summer celebration of art on the Hokitika beach. Held annually in late January, participants are invited to express themselves using any materials they find on the beach. And the beach provides some amazing raw materials. The sculpture competition is judged at the end of the festival week and the sculptures are left for all to enjoy until the sea reclaims them. www.driftwoodandsand.co.nz.

Children's Day

Date : In March every year - 2018 dates TBC
LOCATION : Hokitika Town

This annual event sponsored by the Hokitika Lions Club celebrates New Zealand's national Children's Day and is a must do for families. The event in Cass Square of Hokitika is the largest one on the West Coast and all activities are FREE! Toys, games, mazes, entertainment, horse and fire truck rides, petting zoo and more.  

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

The Glow-worm Dell - Walk

LOCATION : Hokitika Town

EASY - Buggies/Strollers ok
Time: 5 min return
Access: From State Highway 7 roadside at the northern town entrance. Parking available but can be walked to from town. 50 metre track leads to Glow-worm Dell.
Features: Free viewing of glow-worm colonies. Please note that Glow-worms can only be seen at night! Lovely fern grotto by day. Flashlight recommended.

Dorothy Falls - Walk

LOCATION : Lake Kaniere

EASY 
Time: 2 minutes.
Access: Carpark beside bridge at Dorothy Falls Rd on eastern side of lake.
Features: Short path to pool at base of best local falls. Awesome in a good rain. 

Art & Craft

Heritage Jade

PH: (03) 755 6514 E: heritagejade@yahoo.co.nz

Featuring Pounamu (New Zealand jade). Call in and see the finest carved pounamu pieces on the West Coast. Colin, our carver, is of Ngai Tahu descent and gathers and shapes this sacred stone himself to ensure best quality. Located opposite Fat Pipi Pizza. 

Hokitika Glass Studio

www.hokitikaglass.co.nz
PH: (03) 755 7775 E: hokitikaglass@ihug.co.nz FREEPH: 0800 178 445

Glass blowing-designer art forms. View master glassblowers handcrafting glassware, art glass, giftware, souvenirs, tableware & glass beads. All available from our large showroom. Open 7 days.

Hokitika Craft Gallery

www.hokitikacraftgallery.co.nz
PH: (03) 755 8802 E: gallery@hokitikacraftgallery.co.nz

This special gallery is a co-operative of local crafts people and artists. It is owned and operated by members who make unique designs to the highest standards. The gallery features New Zealand Jade, Bone, Wood, Pottery, Fibre, Silk, Flax and Art. Open 7 days 8.30 - 5.30 (Winter 9.30 - 5.00). Come and meet the makers!

 

Westland Greenstone Ltd

PH: (03) 755 8713 E: westlandgreenstone@xtra.co.nz

Established in 1962 and proud to be following the tradition of manufacturing and selling exclusively genuine NZ jade. Watch our craftsmen at work in our bright and welcoming showroom. Choose from top quality jewellery, ornaments, Merino Possum, Icebreaker Merino clothing, paua products, NZ Skincare and much more. Our expert friendly staff will help you buy with confidence. Open 7 days.

Mountain Jade - Tancred Street

www.mountainjade.co.nz
PH: (03) 755 8009 E: jennyk@mountainjade.co.nz

Come visit our friendly, knowledgeable staff and view the large selection of Jade/Pounamu jewellery and sculptures. Something for everyone at great prices. Open 7 days

Shop

The Possum People

www.possum-nz.com
PH: (03) 756 8090 E: sales@possum-nz.com

A Sales/Workroom. Extensive range of NZ Possum Fur products including exclusive fur garments: boots, hats, collars, bed throws and our own line of Possum, Merino, Cashmere luxury knitwear & accessories: clothing, gloves & socks. Lightweight and warm, easily laundered, great prices. 40 years in the trade. Open 7 days. 

Take Note Hokitika Bookshop

www.takenotehokitika.co.nz
PH: (03) 755 8167 E: takenote.hokitika@xtra.co.nz

Booksellers, Stationers & Rare West Coast Books. Top selling West Coast, NZ & international books, magazines & papers. Book-finding & mail order for new & rare books. Guidebooks, maps, postcards, stamps & travel games. Open 7 days.

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