Hokitika memorial clock tower in the Hokitika town centre with Aoraki Mount Cook in the background: ©juergenschacke.com
For a little town, there is heaps of cool things to do.
Browse the listings below to see what is in the Hokitika town centre.
This annual event sponsored by the Hokitika Lions Club celebrates New Zealand's national Children's Day and is a must do for families. The event in Cass Square of Hokitika is believed to be the largest one on the South Island and all activities are FREE! Toys, games, mazes, entertainment, horse and fire truck rides, petting zoo and more.
This is without a doubt a very unique food festival! Up to 11,000 people can descend on Hokitika for a weekend of fun and food. Tempt your tastebuds and challenge yourself. Each year a new range of exciting foods are up on offer including worm truffles, live huhu grubs and possum pie. But don't be frightened there are some standard fare items as well including lamb, steak and of course whitebait! Entertainment is as good as it gets with multiple stages and there’s roving entertainment all day long. www.wildfoods.co.nz
A Working Machinery Museum. Family friendly with free entry. Open most days. Engine Startup and Open Days Third Saturday of the month. A group of dedicated volunteers restoring artifacts from Westland’s Industrial past to running condition for public display. Allow an hour to visit to enjoy the collection.
Annual service for Anzac Day run by the local Hokitika RSA - Lest we Forget.
6:30 am Dawn Service, 11am Civic Service at RSA headquarters.
A charity event involving 250 motorized Scooters riding 250kms Coast-to-Coast over the Southern Alps from Christchurch to Hokitika to raise funds for the New Zealand Cancer Society. it is designed to be the coldest, longest, hardest, most grueling and uncomfortable test of endurance on a city scooter to raise money and awareness for cancer sufferers. It runs every two years.
Each year to celebrate the shortest day/longest night a parade of lanterns makes it way along the Hokitika River. A beautiful event with a bonfire on the beach to finish.
Meet at the Custom house 5:30pm. Lantern making workshops available beforehand. Sausage sizzle and hot drinks available as a fundraiser for Playcentre. Details here.
A fun competition where participants create art and fashion using recycled content. Create a wearable garment for the SprinG! fashion show or a single accessory for "Gone Fishing..." exhibition. Multiple prize categories. Facebook Page
Each year, local retailers reward their loyal customers with a Shop Here & Win prize draw.
Make a purchase in any outlet displaying the Shop Here & Win flyer and you're in with multiple chances to WIN!!!
Each business will draw a winner and every entry will also be in the draw to win the main prize package.
Every year, local retailers bring their wares onto the streets for a festive Retailer's Market Day.
A day of deals, live entertainment and fun. Browse and find that unique gift for Christmas.
The annual Christmas parade is always a good day out.
Join our community in celebrating the festive season and enjoy a range of flotas and community groups.
The annual Westland A&P Show is a great family day out.
Entertainment, rides, livestock, wood chopping events and much more.
An annual fundraising event and great day out. Tour a variety of local gardens.
Each year, the event visits different gardens so there is always something new to see.
EASY - Buggies/Strollers ok
Time: 1-2 hours
Access: From i-Site or any point along the walk.
Features: A great way to see the town centre and learn about Hokitika's history and culture. This self-guided walk features Take-a-Seat artseats, public art displays and historical monuments and buildings. Get a town map showing the whole walk and a Heritage Walk brochure which provides information about the historical points of interest. Both available from the Visitor i-Site.
EASY - Buggies/Strollers ok
Time: 5 min return
Access: From State Highway 7 roadside at the northern town entrance. Parking available but can be walked to from town. 50 metre track leads to Glow-worm Dell.
Features: Free viewing of glow-worm colonies. Please note that Glow-worms can only be seen at night! Flashlight recommended.
EASY - Buggies/Strollers ok
Time: 30 min for quayside and central town features. Longer if you want to see the whole thing
Access: From i-Site & Museum, or any point along the walk.
Features: Goldrush & river-port town historic heritage sites, buildings & statues. Brochure & information panels bring history to life. Augmented reality is available in some spots so bring your smartphone and get the app. Many sites included on the Town Centre Points of Interest Loop. Request a brochure showing the whole walk from the Visitor i-Site. Photo credit: Steve Attwood
Time: 10 minutes return
Access: Carpark on Town Belt East.
Features: Best example of the kahikatea forest that once covered most of Hokitika township area. Regrowth forest but already 20+ metres high. Also delightful native ferns & orchids.
Half Day Rides
Full Day Trips
Four Day Adventure
Spin your own story as you visit interesting towns and see a variety of West Coast landscapes. Ride it either way - south to north is the easiest.
By the beach & in town offering a range of accommodation - Elegent Driftwood Rooms; modern, luxury Oceanview rooms; 2&3 bedroom with the magnificent Penthouse suite. The Oceanview Restaurant offers elevated dining experience over the Tasman Sea. Central to jade, wood & glass art galleries. Free WIFI & Parking, Laundry Service, Bike Storage.
Catering for price conscious travellers, the Pioneer Hotel provides character & old fashioned friendly service. Free unlimited WIFI. BBQ & courtyard area, Breakfast making facilities. Individual rooms can accommodate 1 to 4 guests with shared bathroom facilities. 5 minute walk to town centre. Full bar & casual dining onsite.
Motel studios sleep 2 or 3, family units sleep up to 6, cottages sleep up to 4, 3 cabins and 11 power sites adjacent to the beach and a 3 minute walk to the glow worm dell. Free Wifi - swimming pool (seasonal) pet friendly. Ample parking and bike storage. No tent sites.
Quality 4 star motel accommodation. 14 spacious studio, spa, 1 & 2 bedroom units. Free Wifi, 42" TVs, 52 Channel Guest Select SKY. Closest motel to town centre, only 100 metres to bars and restaurants. Courtesy vehicle to and from airport. Your hosts – Vicki and Allen
Supreme quality accommodation set in 4 acres of native gardens by the beach & overlooking the Tasman Sea. Panoramic views with direct beach access. Motels, cabins and holiday park facilities. Opposite the glowworm dell with small farm yard, spa pool, sauna, BBQ, playground and FREE WIFI. “Highly recommended” by Lonely Planet.
Relax in spacious comfort in 12 superior studio, 1 & 2 bedrooms motels, with spa bath options. Full kitchens, wireless broadband & FREE WIFI. Our modern complex is minutes from the beach, restaurants, shopping centre & airport. Your Hosts: Dave and Kandy Palmer
When you are looking for friendly, comfortable, relaxing accommodation in Hokitika, then come and stay with us at Annabelle Motel. Simon and Jill can offer you a modern luxury motel situated off the main highway and conveniently located close to the centre of town. The Hokitika town centre, beach, children's playground, restaurants and cafés are just a 20min stroll away
In the heart of Hokitika, offering great value accommodation and all you need under one roof. Recently renovated. All rooms have ensuites. Range from Economy to Standard with tea & coffee making facilities to Premium Rooms with kitchenettes and a little luxury. Cafe and Bar insite with streetside, inside or fireside dining.
‘History... With a Touch of Class’. An historic, character house centrally located in Hokitika. Welcoming, friendly hosts. Recommended in Trip Advisor, Lonely Planet, Frommers & Fodors. King size beds, ensuite bathrooms, Spa bath ensuite, Garden Cottage, substantial breakfasts. Walk to cafes, restaurants, galleries and beach. Experience a stunning West Coast sunset. Moderate Tariffs.
Modern 16 unit complex – studios and 1 Bedroom units. Spa bath options. Free unlimited Wifi, 50+ channel Sky TV. Secure bike storage. 200 metre walk to town centre, restaurants and beach. Free airport transfers.
Discover highest quality, purely New Zealand made art, giftware and jewellery alongside the local colours of the West Coast captured by renowned wildlife and landscape photographer Juergen Schacke. The fresh and inspiring Gallery is a fantastic way to take in and take home the spirit of the region. "Highlight of Hokitika", "Amazing Gallery" are only two of many excellent tripadvisor review headlines. Open 7 days.
We stock an extensive range of gifts and souvenirs sourced from local artists and throughout NZ to ensure you have lasting memories of your visit to Hokitika. We are locally owned and operated with a central location and open seven days. We look forward to seeing you soon.
Traditional Jade is a locally owned small family business who are of Ngai Tahu descent. We have top quality affordable Jade/Pounamu carvings and sculptures. Come and visit our friendly knowledgeable team and see one of the biggest raw jade collections in New Zealand.
Established in 1962 and proud to be following the tradition of manufacturing and selling exclusively genuine NZ jade. Watch our craftsmen at work in our bright and welcoming showroom. Choose from top quality jewellery, ornaments, Merino Possum, Icebreaker Merino clothing, paua products, NZ Skincare and much more. Our expert friendly staff will help you buy with confidence. Open 7 days.
This special gallery is a co-operative of local crafts people and artists. It is owned and operated by members who make unique designs to the highest standards. The gallery features New Zealand Jade, Bone, Wood, Pottery, Fibre, Silk, Jewellery and Art. Open 7 days in the Summer. Closed Sunday and Monday in the Winter. Come and meet the makers!
NATURAL GOLD NUGGETS. As found, natural West Coast gold nuggets & flakes sourced from present day gold mines. Watch our jeweller working with the as found gold, creating beautiful gold nugget jewellery. Hold a large gold nugget in your hand and experience the amazing weight of gold. Studio & Gallery Open 7 days.
Glass blowing-designer art forms. View master glassblowers handcrafting glassware, art glass, giftware, souvenirs, tableware & glass beads. All available from our large showroom. Open 7 days.
‘Runner-up Cafe of the Year 2012/13 West Coast Region’ by Café Magazine and ‘Highly Commended’ in the 2014 NZ Pie Awards. Open 7 days from 6.30am, on main street opposite historic Town Clock. Extensive menu, including Gluten Free & homemade fare. Whitebait available all year. Awesome coffee, reasonable prices & great service. No surcharge on Public Holidays.
Fish, chips, burgers, chicken, thickshakes, ice creams & lots more.
You haven't experienced Hokitika until you've tried the original whitebait pizza at Fat Pipi Pizzas. In the heart of the township, enjoy gourmet treats that extend beyond pizza and discover why this unique West Coast eating house has given the Lonely Planet travel guide tick for many years.
Our Oceanview Restaurant and Bar with its sleek design and comfort is elevated above the beach, overlooking the Tasman see, allowing you to enjoy a top quality dining whilst watching waves break on the shore. Open daily for breakfast from 7am-10am, Lunch at noon & dinner from 5pm. Located at the Beachfront Hotel.
Seriously good coffee and a wide variety of food for all dietary needs prepared daily on site. NZ craft wine, beer and ciders available. A dedicated cheese room has a boutique selection of NZ cheeses and gourmet items. Live bee hive in store with honey for sale. A stone throw from the beach. Take a look inside.
Right in the heart of Hokitika. Homemade food options, large portions, good value. Open 7am til late 7 days. Enjoy a light snack to a full delicious meal – there is something for the whole family. Choose sun-drenched outdoor seating, grab a couch fireside or play pool in the bar. Sample menu on our website. Range of hotel accommodation on site.
"A unique outlet where you can see Possum-Fur product being made from hide to Home Decor" Welcome to our Workroom & Sales outlet. We have an extensive range of Quality NZ POSSUM FUR Products. KIWI BOOT COMPANY-Our Famous Possum-Fur lined Cosy Boots & Slippers. Exclusive range of Possum/Merino knitwear including Hats, Gloves, Socks & Scarves. Fur Garments & lots of Fur Fashion Accessories! Luxury Home Fur Decor; Throws & Cushions. Over 40yrs experience in the trade. Come in and visit us - Open 7 days
We stock a wide range of New Zealand made possum merino and merino garments. Other products include natural coloured sheepskins, sheepskin slippers and footwear, and skin care products. We ship worldwide. Friendly and helpful staff and competitive prices. Open 6 days - closed Saturdays.
Thousands of quality Records and Fashion clothing. Postage over seas can be arranged in store. We are at the River end of Revell st.
Only 100metres from The famous Fat Pippi Pizza ,Chinese ,Indian Stummpers Bar. Dulcies fish and chips across the road .
The River, Beach,and Sunset Point all only 100 metres away.
Come listen to some music!! Open till late.
Booksellers, Stationers & Rare West Coast Books. Top selling West Coast, NZ & international books, magazines & papers. Book-finding & mail order for new & rare books. Guidebooks, maps, postcards, stamps & travel games. Open 7 days.
Freshest fruit, vegetables & daily baked bread, best quality meat, seafood & delicatessen. Impressive wine & beer selection. Massive range of grocery lines. Lotto Agent. Open 8am-9pm daily.
BIKE HIRE, REPAIRS & SHUTTLE. Fully certified, extensively equipped cycle and outdoors store. Experienced staff can help no matter what your pursuit. Top quality bikes for hire on the West Coast Wilderness Trail, NZ souvenir clothing and biking information, fishing, whitebaiting, camping, hunting, tramping, watersports and more. Last cycle & outdoors store going south for 500kms.
Westland Pharmacy offers a comprehensive range of essentials including: medicines, vitamin supplements, cosmetics and giftware. We offer professional beauty therapy services. Mon-Fri 8:30am-5:15pm, Sat 9:30am-12:30pm, Sun and public holidays 10am-12noon.
Come in and meet our friendly staff. We can help you with cameras, accessories, posting, gifts and souvenirs. We have a great range of metal art work for indoor or outdoor use. Open 7 days from November to April (6 days in winter)
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