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Shop for Unique Gifts

Hokitika is full of artisans inspired by the local landscape and resources. This means it is a great place to walk around, browse the shops and find unique gifts and souvenirs

The Gold Room

Hokitika Gorge

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.

© Tony Meredith

West Coast Wilderness Trail

The 132km West Coast Wilderness Trail scenery is second to none. Part of the New Zealand Cycle Trail network, this Grade 2 (easy) Great Ride offers choices of short half-day rides to a full four day adventure. 

© Shakey Finger Photography

Lake Kaniere

Lake Kaniere is just 19 kms inland from Hokitika in a scenic reserve surrounded on three sides by mountains. It has great swimming, boating, walks, a picnic area, camping ground and much more. 

©Shellie Evans

Art, Culture & Heritage

Experience Hokitika's colourful art, culture and heritage. Watch talented artists at work as you stroll around town or take a self guided heritage walk to learn more about the art and history of the area. 

© juergenschacke.com

Lake Mahinapua

Tranquil Lake Mahinapua is just south of Hokitika in a scenic reserve and is a great place for a family holiday on the West Coast. 

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Beachside Town Centre

Hokitika offers fun-filled holidays you used to have, but with better coffee! A wild beach, no traffic lights, awesome sunsets, dramtic mountain views and night skies, artisan galleries, and great cafes and bars.

©Matty Saunders Photography

Birthplace of 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.

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Get Inspired

Welcome to Hokitika

Hokitika, cool little town, is a 'must-stay' destination on the West Coast, South Island, New Zealand

Think of those fun-filled, relaxed holidays you used to have - then throw in better coffee, a wild beach, awesome sunsets, mountain views, and great cafes and galleries. You’ll find genuine experiences, friendly characters that love to share a story and easy access to untamed natural wilderness.

Don’t rush! It’s common to hear “I wish we had stayed in Hokitika longer. There is so much to see and do.” So stay awhile to enjoy the slower pace of life, have a chat and soak in the view with us.


Why are we a cool little town?

  • Hokitika has a beachside town centre - the water practically laps the main street! You won't find another town centre like it on the West Coast. 

  • We probably have more galleries per capita than anywhere in NZ where you can watch artists at work. And as the birthplace of pounamu/NZ jade, it is a great place to shop for this precious stone.

  • Hokitika's interesting art, culture and heritage can be experienced first-hand on many walks including the Points of Interest Loop which features historical buildings and monuments as well as public art.

  • There is easy access to untamed, natural wilderness in all directions. Cycle the West Coast Wilderness Trail and visit the unbelievably beautiful Hokitika Gorge.

Travel updates

The best place to get current road conditions is on the NZ Travel Agency website.

You can also get general planning information here.

Upcoming Events

There are plenty of upcoming events for the summer season.

Find out more about Hokitika events.

Current weather forecast

See what the current weather has in store. Visit our Hokitika weather page.

Drive Times & Distances

location
time
distance
Punakaiki
1:10
83 km
Arthurs Pass
1:25
99 km
Franz Josef Glacier
1:45
135 km
Christchurch
3:30
253 km
Nelson
4:20
325 km
Queenstown
6:25
489 km