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Hokitika Events

For a small town, we have some pretty big events with the internationally recognised Hokitika Wildfoods Festival the biggest of them all. But we also have some great smaller events that celebrate what makes Hokitika special. Come along and join us!

Browse the listings below for events in Hokitika.

Westland Industrial Heritage Park Open Day

Every 3rd Sat of the Month

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.

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Hokitika Lantern Parade

16 June 2018

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.

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Hokitika Junk2Funk Wearable Art Show

1 Sept 2018

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

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Shop Here & Win: Prize Draws

Nov/Dec 2018 dates TBC

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.

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West Coast Whitebait Season

1 Sept to 14 Nov 2018 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 Retailers Market

Nov 2018 dates TBC

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.

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Hokitika Christmas Parade

Dec 2018 dates TBC

The annual Christmas parade is always a good day out. Join our community in celebrating the festive season.

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Christmas at the Beach

Dec 2018 dates TBC

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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Hokitika Gallops Interislander Summer Festival

Jan 2019 dates TBC

The annual Interislander Summer Festival event at the Hokitika Gallops are sure to be a great way to unwinde with friends and family after Christmas. There is plenty of exciting harness racing action on-course, great entertainment for the whole family including 'Fashion in the Field'. 

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Kumara Races

Jan 2019 dates TBC

A good old-fashioned country horse race meeting. The main race, the Kumara Gold Nuggets boasts a real gold nugget as the prize. This is a fantastic family day out and draws a huge crowd to soak up the entertainment and carnival atmosphere. There is something for everyone – betting booths, fantastic races, best dressed competitions, live music, candyfloss and even clowns. 

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West Coast Kahawai Fishing Competition

Jan 2019 dates TBC

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 20th Jan at the Kaniere Empire Hotel. Entry is Kids $5, Adults $15 and can be gotten at Wild Outdoorsman and Kaniere Empire Hotel in Hokitika and Fishing & Firearms Greymouth. More information here

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Driftwood & Sand Beach Festival

Jan 2019 dates TBC

"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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Westland A&P Show

Jan 2019 dates TBC

The annual Westland A&P Show is a great family day out. Entertainment, rides, livestock, wood chopping events and much more. http://westlandapshow.co.nz/

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Woodstock Rally

Jan 2019 dates TBC

This is run annually by the West Coast Touring Motorcycle Club and has become a premier event on the motorcycle touring curcuit. Participants camp onsite and enjoy food stalls, free tea & coffee, live entertainment and a no attitudes allowed environment. 

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St Andrew's Garden Ramble

Feb 2019 dates TBC

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.

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Sand Dunes Classic Golf Event

Jan/Feb 2019 dates 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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Speight's Coast to Coast Multisport Race

8-9 Feb 2019

The Speight's Coast to Coast is a multi-sport event that has been held for over 30 years. It traverses the South Island of New Zealand from Serpentine Beach on the Tasman Sea to Brighton Beach on the Pacific Ocean. Over either one or two days competitors cycle, run and kayak through some of New Zealand's most beautiful terrain. www.coasttocoast.co.nz

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Lake Mahinapua "Have-a-Go"

Feb 2019 dates TBC

The Lake Mahinapua Aquatic Club celebrates national Volvo Sailing and Boating Week with its annual regatta. The weekend includes racing for yachts big and small followed by 'have-a-go' sessions for members of the public from 3pm Saturday and 12pm Sunday. 

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Lake Kaniere Scenic Triathlon

March 2019 dates TBC

This annual triathlon highlights the scenery around Lake Kaniere. A fun event with lots of choices - duathlon, triathlon events with either swim or boat, individual and team events. More information at http://www.lakekanieretri.co.nz

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Children's Day

3 March 2019

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.  

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Hokitika Wildfoods Festival

9 March 2019

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 frigtened 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

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Anzac Day Commemorations

25 April 2019

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. 

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"What's On in Hokitika" Calendar

Throughout the year

The "What's On in Hokitika" Calendar gives you updates on community run events throughout our community - quiz nights, market days, Playcentre meetings and much more!

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Tranz Alpine Scooter Safari

May 2020 dates TBC

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. 

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