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With multiple rivers and two lakes, there is a wealth of opportunity to get out on the water for some serious fun.

  • Whitewater kayaking and rafting -Hokitika is a MECCA for whitewater kayakers and rafters across the globe. Popular runs include: Arahura, Hokitika, Whitcombe, Styx, Toaroha, Kokatahi, Totara, Kaniere, Kakapotahi, Waitaha.
  • Relaxing kayaking - For those who want to take it a little easier, there are several good trips around Hokitika. Grab the boat, canoe, kids, lifejackets and some paddles for a fun day activity.

More Information on Kayaking/Rafting in Hokitika

Browse the listings below to learn more about kayaking in Hokitika. 

Kayaking Spots

Lake Mahinapua, Mahinapua Creek - Kayaking

LOCATION : Lake Mahinapua

Grade 1 
There is a great paddle to be had from Lake Mahinapua through Mahināpua Creek and down towards the township of Hokitika. The Creek has a very gentle current, and passes through beautiful wetland and forest; white herons are usually seen. This trip is suitable for novice paddlers and people in Canadian canoes. Paddlers get out either where the creek crosses the main highway, or further down toward the mouth of the creek, close to the confluence with the Hokitika River. 

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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 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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