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Getting To Hokitika

Get to Hokitika by air, train, car or coach - there are many transport options. It's not as hard or as far as you think. 

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. Your options include:

  • The drive from Christchurch via Arthur's Pass is only a 3 1/2 hours. 
  • 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 generally two flights a day with AirNZ from Christchurch to Hokitika, picking up international and national connections. 

TranzAlpine Rail Journey

UPDATE **22/3/17** The TranzAlpine service has resumed operations after a major fire. For more information, click here.  

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.

More Information on Getting to Hokitika

Browse the listings below to learn more about transport options in Hokitika. 

Hertz Rental Car

PH: 03 768 0196

Rental cars at Hokitika airport.

Pegasus Car Rentals

PH: 03 768 4002

Car rental agency.

Hokitika Aero Club

PH: 021 135 9309

Flying instruction and facilities for visiting pilots. 

Wilderness Trail Shuttle

PH: 03 755 5042

Shuttle service for West Coast Wilderness Trail. 

Mark Davidson House of Travel

PH: 03 755 8134

Travel agent services. 

Tour and Charter Services Ltd

PH: 03 755 8851

Transport services. 

Andersons Helicopters Ltd

PH: 03 755 6606

Helicopter Services.

Budget Car and Truck Rental

PH: 03 768 4343

Rental car provider located at Hokitika Airport

Avis Car Rental

PH: 03 768 0902

Car rental at Hokitika airport.

Wilderness Wings

Scenic flights to glaciers and Aoraki/Mt Cook.

Hokitika Airport

PH: (03) 755 8123 (Air New Zealand)

Regional airport with flights to Christchurch. 

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