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Fishing

Go fish! There are plenty of options for fishing around Hokitika and it offers some of the best fishing on the West Coast. 

  • Freshwater fishing - Lake Mahinapua from a boat for perch and brown trout. Lake Kaniere some salmon, perch, rainbow and brown trout. The Hokitika River or Mahinapua Creek offer sea-run and river trout all year round and from January to April salmon.
  • Surfcasting - At the Hokitika river mouth pull in rig (pioke), kahawai or elephant fish (makarepe). Snapper can be caught from the Hokitika beach.
  • Whitebaiting - In September and November, hundreds pour into the area in search of “white gold” - whitebait.
  • For beginners - To learn the basics, go to Kawhaka Dam.

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Sunset Point - Walk

LOCATION : Hokitika Beach

EASY 
Time: 5 minutes walk from town centre.
Access: By foot, along beach, beach track, or Quayside section of Heritage Walk. By road via Sunset Point Rd.
Features: Sunsets, sunrises & starry nights. Hokitika rivermouth & beach. Views of Aoraki Mount Cook & Tasman (Horo Kawau). Tambo ‘shipwreck’. Information panels. Walks, picnicing, beach fossicking, fishing, & whitebaiting.

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Sunset Point - Walk

LOCATION : Hokitika Beach

EASY 
Time: 5 minutes walk from town centre.
Access: By foot, along beach, beach track, or Quayside section of Heritage Walk. By road via Sunset Point Rd.
Features: Sunsets, sunrises & starry nights. Hokitika rivermouth & beach. Views of Aoraki Mount Cook & Tasman (Horo Kawau). Tambo ‘shipwreck’. Information panels. Walks, picnicing, beach fossicking, fishing, & whitebaiting.

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Retail & Services

Hokitika Cycles & Sportsworld

BIKE HIRE, REPAIRS & SHUTTLE. Fully certified, extensively equipped cycle and outdoors store. Experienced staff can help no matter what your pursuit. Top quality bikes for hire on the West Coast Wilderness Trail, NZ souvenir clothing and biking information, fishing, whitebaiting, camping, hunting, tramping, watersports and more. Last cycle & outdoors store going south for 500kms.

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