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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.

Hokitika Gorge and Lake Kaniere Scenic Drive

One of the best West Coast scenic drives is a half day loop from the Gorge to Hokitika via Lake Kaniere and Dorothy Falls. Watch the video to learn more about Lake Kaniere activities and see the listing under See & Do below for details of the loop. 

Planning your visit to the Hokitika Gorge

Here are some helpful hints about planning your visit to the Hokitika Gorge.

  • Stay in Hokitika to fit the Gorge into your West Coast schedule or you could be pushed for time, especially if you want to do the half day scenic loop around Lake Kaniere. 
  • Take a dip if you are brave but be aware the water can be COLD!
  • Bring sandfly repellent. Unfortunately, they can be vicious at the Gorge!
  • Trampers, can add some hikes up Mt Tuhua, Mt Brown or Cedar Flats to explore more of the area.

Directions

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.

Browse the listings below to learn more about the Hokitika Gorge.

See & Do

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

HALF DAY
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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