West Coast Whitebait
For the visitor it may be hard to understand why we get so excited about a tiny translucent fish but on the West Coast whitebait is a big deal.
whitebait patty: ©juergenschacke.com
What is 'Whitebait'?
Whitebait is the juvenile forms of five species of the fish family Galaxiidae. They are about 4-5 centimeters long and are caught by fisherman as they swim upriver from the sea.
Whitebaiter's can be seen lining the Hokitika River in season (1 Sept to 14 Nov). They set nets and wait on the river bank, hoping to harvest this popular food delicacy.
Cool ideas | Whitebait
See what all the fuss is about and try these fun activities featuring whitebait.
Catch some yourself! Nets and information are available in outdoor stores in town.
It's worth heading down to the river-mouth to watch others fishing with scoop nets.
Have someone else do all the hard work. Head to one of the many cafes and restaurants that feature whitebait on the menu.
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See & Do
Hokitika Wildfoods Festival
7 March 2020
West Coast Whitebait Season
1 Sept to 14 Nov 2020 inclusive
Sunset Point - Walk
LOCATION : Hokitika Beach
Ocean View Restaurant & Bar