Kia Ora! Welcome to Hokitika
Hokitika, cool little town is a 'must-stay' destination on the West Coast, South Island, New Zealand. When you think of the West Coast, you think untamed natural wilderness, geniune experiences and friendly characters that love to share a story. Hokitika is all that and more.
Why are we a cool little town?
Imagine 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.
Whatever you do, 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.
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.