Boating | Hokitika, West Coast, New Zealand
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Hokitika is blessed with two lakes that offer different boating options.

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Cool Idea | Go Boating

Go fast or slow. Your choice!

  • Power Boating - If high octane is your thing, then head to Lake Kaniere. Its got a boat launch, specific boating areas, and a picnic area and DoC camping ground.
  • Sailing - If you fancy yourself as more of a sailor, try out Lake Mahinapua. The Lake Mahinapua Aquatic Club has clubrooms on site and offers sail training to members and racing each Sunday afternoon of the season (Feb-May).

image of people playing at jetty on Lake Kaniere with link to Lake Kaniere webpage image of people on the jetty at Lake Mahinapua with link to Lake Mahinapua webpage

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More Information on Boating in Hokitika

  • Lake Kaniere Yacht & Power Boat Club Inc.: contact Colin Stevenson PH (03) 755 6351, Mobile 027 656 9409, Email: [email protected]
  • Lake Mahinapua Aquatic Club: Contact the Club by email here for enquiries.

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Lake Mahinapua Annual Regatta

2020 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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West Coast Scenic Waterways

Stay with us at 'Scenic Waterways Retreat,' only 4kms south of Hokitika, where you can cycle a spectacular section of the Wilderness Trail, freedom kayak, or relax on an 'Early Riser' or 'Sunset Cruise'....all from your doorstep! Embrace our wetlands, rainforest, and majestic views of Aoraki/ Mt.Cook!

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Email Phone
027 4301 1777
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Wilderness Rafting Adventures

Whitewater rafting tours from easy to extreme, half, full and multi day expeditions. Helicopter, drive in or hike in options available.  Heli-raft the Whataroa river, the Grand Canyon of NZ or chose from over 15 other rivers across the coast. All equipment provided, fully catered trips.

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Email Phone
03 755 4254
0508 669 675
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