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Hokitika Beach

Hokitika is the only large West Coast town centre located next to the beach. To be honest it’s hard to ignore - the water practically laps the main street!

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Cool Ideas | Views, Pounamu, Sunsets & Art

Our beach is a place to relax, fossick and enjoy the view.

  • Get awesome views of New Zealand’s highest mountain, Aoraki Mount Cook.
  • The kids love scouring the sand for pounamu (NZ jade), washed down from nearby rivers.
  • Get that perfect sunset shot at Sunset Point. See examples at Hokitika Sunset Photos Facebook page.
  • In January, participate in the annual Driftwood and Sand Beach Sculpture Festival event. Anyone can enter and are encouraged to build sculptures from what they can find on the beach.

image of pounamu (NZ jade) on beach pebbles with link to Pounamu webpageimage of woman at Wildfoods Festival with link to Events page

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Christmas at the Beach

14 Dec 2019 4-8pm

A fun annual event on the beach to celebrate Christmas. Features food, family fun, games and live music.

The big bearded fella Santa will call in for a lollie scramble and some photos too.

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West Coast Kahawai Fishing Competition

18 Jan 2020

An annual fishing competition. Fish anywhere on the West Coast with spot prizes and heaviest fish prize to be won.

The weigh in is at 6pm at the Kaniere Empire Hotel.

Tickets $10-20. Entry Forms can be found at:

  • Wild Outdoorsman 28 Tancred St, Hokitika (03) 755 8947.
  • Fishing & Firearms 63 Tainui St, Greymouth (03) 768 0206.
  • Kaniere Empire Hotel 289 Kaniere Road, Hokitika (03) 755 8443.

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Driftwood & Sand Beach Festival

22 - 26 Jan 2020

"Driftwood and Sand" for short, is a summer celebration of art on the Hokitika beach. Held annually in late January, participants are invited to express themselves using any materials they find on the beach. And the beach provides some amazing raw materials. The sculpture competition is judged at the end of the festival week and the sculptures are left for all to enjoy until the sea reclaims them. www.driftwoodandsand.co.nz.

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Sand Dunes Classic Golf Event

2020 date to be confirmed

For over 25 years, teams have gotten their best golf clubs out to test their skills along the Hokitika Beach. Often in fancy dress, teams are tested with many sand traps, variable weather and an occassional exciting crossing of the Hokitika River mouth. Prizes and BBQ are the reward at the end of this unique golf event.  

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West Coast Whitebait Season

1 Sept to 14 Nov 2020 inclusive

Every spring on the West Coast the spawning native trout rush from the ocean back into the West Coast river systems. They are met by throngs of people who stand ready to catch as many ‘shoals’ as possible over the two months of the whitebait season. You can walk along the river banks close to the ocean and discover for yourself what the whitebait means to the local residents. It’s a little like gold fever when the whitebait is "running". Get a taste for it yourself at the many cafes in town

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Hokitika Beach Walk

LOCATION : Hokitika Beach

Access: Readily accessible from Beach St, via Weld Lane, Sunset Point Rd & several other access roads (see map).
Features: Wonderful wild beach, black sand & pebbles (including pounamu-jade), driftwood, mountain views, sunsets, sunrise, & starry nights. Walks, picnicking, fossicking for pebbles & driftwood, sandcastles, swimming (for the experienced only), surfing, & surfcasting. Keep your eyes open for the Little Blue Penguin but please respect their space!

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Sunset Point - Walk

LOCATION : Hokitika Beach

Time: 5 minutes walk from town centre.
Access: By foot, along beach, beach track, or Quayside section of Heritage Walk. By road via Sunset Point Rd.
Features: Sunsets, sunrises & starry nights. Hokitika rivermouth & beach. Views of Aoraki Mount Cook & Tasman (Horo Kawau). Tambo ‘shipwreck’. Information panels. Walks, picnicing, beach fossicking, fishing, & whitebaiting.

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Hokitika Beach - Picnic Area

LOCATION : Hokitika Beach

Off Beach Street along the beach frontage there are several picnic tables, toilets and of course, the ubiquitous seagull! A perfect place to enjoy hot fish and chips while enjoying the sea air and view. 

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