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Hokitika Gorge

Sometimes you see photos of a tourist spot and think yeah right, it can’t look as good as that in real life. The Hokitika Gorge is one of those places.

Activities near Hokitika Gorge

  • Stay in Hokitika to fit the Gorge into your West Coast schedule or you could be pushed for time! 
  • Do the Hokitika Gorge Track for amazing views. Take a dip if you are brave.
  • Drive a half day scenic loop from the Gorge to Hokitika via Lake Kaniere and Dorothy Falls.
  • Trampers, do some hikes up Mt Tuhua, Mt Brown or Cedar Flats.
  • Further up the gorge the rough water is popular for whitewater kayaking.


The Hokitika Gorge is 33kms from Hokitika. The road is signposted the whole way - look for the yellow signs that say Hokitika Gorge and be prepared for a lot of turning!

  • Turn inland (East) on Stafford St from SH6/Fitzherbert St - this changes into Kaniere Road.
  • Veer right onto Kaniere-Kowhitirangi Road.
  • At T junction, turn right to stay on Kaniere-Kowhitirangi Road.
  • Go over one-way bridge and at the first 4-way road junction, turn left to stay on Kaniere-Kowhitirangi Road, go one country block and turn right to stay on Kaniere-Kowhitirangi Road.
  • Go one country block and turn left onto Johnston Road.
  • Go one country block and turn right onto Nielson Road.
  • Go one country block and veer left onto Whitcombe Valley Road. Follow this road until the Hokitika Gorge carpark.

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Hokitika Gorge Track - Walk

LOCATION : Hokitika Gorge

EASY - Buggies/Strollers ok 
Time: 15 minute return
Access: 25km east of Hokitika. Turn inland onto Stafford St from SH6/Fitzherbert St and follow the yellow signs saying Hokitika Gorge. Be prepared for lots of turning! (Passes Kowhitirangi Incident memorial on route).
Features: Top rated activity in Hokitika on TripAdvisor! Wheelchair accessible viewpoint overlooking a magnificent granite gorge with milky blue-green pools, backed by cliffs and fine rimu forest. Head further along to a swingbridge and then the edge of the Gorge itself. Take care as some dropoffs on the south bank. Photo credit: Adrienne Sidal

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Hokitika Gorge & Lake Kaniere - Scenic Drive

LOCATION : Hokitika Gorge

This is a classic scenic drive loop which features amazing scenery. Head inland to the Hokitika Gorge to admire its unbelieveably turquoise waters, enjoying views of farmland, rivers and the mountains along the way. Stop also at the Kowhitirangi Memorial that honours the victims of the Stanley Graham shootings. On the way back, head around the south and eastern end of Lake Kaniere (a good 2wd gravel road). There are plenty of pullouts to enjoy the lake shore as well as a short walk to Dorothy Falls. Then head back to Hokitika. Of course you can do this in reverse too.  

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