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Hokitika has some truly unique and fun experiences on offer. You can walk in the treetops, feed eels, raft through amazing gorges, cruise through serene wetlands and much more.

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Mahinapua Links

Play on one of New Zealand’s few true links courses at Hokitika on the West Coast of the South Island with views of Aoraki / Mount Cook, Mt Tasman and the majestic Southern Alps.
Cool Idea | Putt around

Grab your clubs and play on a links course with amazing views of Aoraki Mount Cook.

  • Just 3 minutes south of Hokitika, (first right turn over the Hokitika River bridge).
  • The links are open from dawn to dusk, 365 days a year and bookings are not required.
  • Greens fees on this unique links are a modest for all players except students under 18 who get an even better deal.
  • Club hire - Heritage Highway Motels, Ph. 03 755 8098

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Located on the State Highway 6 roadside at the northern town entrance. Parking available but can be walked to from town.
A 50 meter track leads to Glow-worm Dell - 5 minutes return. Buggies/Strollers ok. Free viewing of glow-worm colonies. Please note that Glow-worms can only be seen at night! Flashlight recommended.

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Westland Industrial Heritage Park is a working museum with a variety of displays and ongoing projects. The dedicated volunteers' passion for restoring Westland's industrial past to running condition for public display has resulted in the park becoming a vibrant and dynamic family tourist attraction.

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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.

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Easy access for all to enjoy along a steel platform 20 metres high and over 450 metres long.
An exhilarating treetop adventure among temperate rainforest giants. Experience life with the birds high in the ancient Rimu and Kamahi tree canopy. Gently sway in harmony with the forest on the Mahinapua Springboard. View the exquisite Lake Mahinapua through the richly diverse forest foliage. Thrill seekers will feel their heart pump and the adrenalin rush as they climb to the top of the Tower 47 metres above the forest floor. Be inspired by a sensational vista of the majestic snow-capped Southern Alps, Lake Mahinapua and the Tasman sea.

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National Kiwi Centre is situated in the heart of Hokitika in an undercover facility that provides viewing of kiwi in a nocturnal house that replicates their natural environment. View New Zealand’s oldest living dinosaur, the tuatara.  Take part in the giant eel feeding (10am, 12 noon and 3pm daily). After the eel feedings, watch the Kiwi being feed. Catch & release a freshwater crayfish (koura) in our lake area - fun for all ages! We have plenty of other to look at, and it's all inside so no getting wet on that rainy day.

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Kia ora, Kiwi Journeys is your trusted local cycle tour operator, specialising in self-guided and supported tours on Nelson’s Great Taste Trail and the West Coast Wilderness Trail. We offer everything you need to enjoy these memorable ‘Great Rides’ including the region’s largest range of quality e-Bikes, trail bikes, mountain bikes and family equipment. Our services include transport, luggage transfers, accommodation, support, personal advice and insider tips. We love our trails and we love helping people experience them! Our various tours offer something for everyone – no matter what your interests or ability. Enjoy great riding and see all the best sights while we handle all your logistics in co-operation with trusted local partners. Kiwi Journeys are a locally owned and operated family business offering a true Kiwi experience in the top half of New Zealand’s South Island.

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If you are a person who desires a culturally authentic experience that is reflective of the local people, and shares their history and ancient legends in a way that resonates with you, by being hands on and actively involved, yet at one with the river.

Then join us and our guides for a tour that is led from the heart and let the pounamu call to you as a gift from the river.

Our tours cannot be replicated anywhere else in the world, as the connection to the river and local people is interwined in history and holds true to the values of Kati Waewae tribe, guardians of the Arahura river.

The last private river on earth.

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Hokitika’s swimming pool is an iconic place for the town, where much of the community has treasured memories and learned to swim. The facility offers training lanes, a hot tub, toddler pool, swimming lessons, fitness classes and is available for private hire. Opening hours are 6am – 8pm Monday to Thursday, 6am – 5pm Friday and 8am – 5pm weekends.

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Stay with us at Scenic Waterways Retreat! We are an eco-tourism business providing accommodation, wholesome food, eco cruises and freedom kayak hire on one of New Zealand's most highly valued wetlands. We provide bike hire to cycle a spectacular section on the west coast wilderness trail, and hire out our wonderful hot tubs.

We aim to enrich our clients' appreciation of our natural surroundings, it's unique biodiversity, and provide them a setting to relax, recharge, and restore before returning to their daily pressures of life.

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Built in 1908, the historic Carnegie building currently houses a number of the district’s museum exhibits and treasures. Located in the heart of Hokitika, the building is easily accessible to visitors and entry is free. Come and explore our region’s colourful history!

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Holidays are all about new experiences, relaxation and having fun. Take the advice from the local experts at the i-SITE and you are guaranteed the best deal, because we’ve done NZ from top to toe. Open 7 days.

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