Suggested Itineraries | Hokitika, West Coast, New Zealand
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Suggested Itineraries

Need inspiration for great ways to spend your days in Hokitika? Here are some ideas tested and approved by locals (and visitors too!).

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A relaxing day in Hokitika

No car required! If you are short on time, you can easily enjoy it around Hokitika's town centre. Be aware, lots of people say they wished they had spent more time here!

  • Wander town and browse the shops and galleries for unique gifts
  • Try the delicious, local delicacy whitebait
  • Search for pounamu and picnic on the Hokitika Beach
  • Walk the self-guided Points of Interest Loop to get a feel for the past and present culture of Hokitika
  • Watch the sunset over the Tasman Sea at Sunset Point
  • Visit the glow-worm dell at dark for a magical natural light show

image of artist sanding pounamu jewellery with link to arts, crafts, galleries webpageimage of driftwood bird sculpture with link to Hokitika beach webpage

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Hokitika Gorge & Lake Kaniere Day

This has got to be one of the best scenic drives on the West Coast if not all of New Zealand. Packed with awe-inspiring moments.

  • Take a scenic drive to the Hokitika Gorge
  • Loop back to Hokitika via the eastern edge of Lake Kaniere
  • Stop at the pullouts for postcard lake views
  • See Dorothy Falls, right off the road
  • Picnic and swim at Hans Bay
  • Do the Kahikatea Walk at Sunny Bight

image of Hokitika Gorge with link to Hokitika Gorge webpagepeople playing on the jetty at Lake Kaniere with link to Lake Kaniere webpage

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Lake Mahinapua Fun Day

This scenic driving loop takes you south from Hokitika along the coast. Take in the attractions around Lake Mahinapua before heading back to Hokitika via Rimu.

  • Experience a scenic boat cruise on Mahinapua Creek
  • Do a return walk/ride to the Mananui Tramline boardwalk (SH6 end)
  • Picnic, swim and walk at the Lake Mahinapua DOC area
  • Do the treetop walk and overlook the lake
  • Loop back to Hokitika wiht a stop at the scenic Rimu Lookout overlooking the Hokitika River

peopel on the jetty at Lake Mahinapua with link to Lake Mahinapua webpageaerial view overlooking Rimu and Hokitika River with link to Rimu webpage

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A Day on the Gold Trail

This scenic driving loop immerses you in the golden days. Head up the coast towards Kumara and then loop back to Hokitika via Stafford Loop Road.

  • Drive up the coast to Serpentine Beach for great Aoraki Mount Cook views
  • Visit the massive Londonderry Rock near Kumara
  • Pan for gold at the public fossicking area at Goldsborough
  • Do the Tunnel Terrace Loop Walk
  • Stop at the Arahura Bridge Heritage Park
  • Do the Blue Spur Bushwalk
  • Shop for gold jewellery in Hokitika

people in period dress walking down the street in Kumara with link to Kumara webpageimage of gold nuggets with link to gold webpage

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Use Hokitika as your wider West Coast base

Hokitika is centrally positioned on the coast, offering opportunities to explore more of the West Coast.

people hiking down from Mount Brown overlooking Lake Kaniere with link to walks webpageimage of people surfcasting on Hokitika Beach with sunset in the background and link to fishing webpage


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