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Things to see and do

When locals get asked what to see and do in Hokitika, it’s hard to know where to start!  Hokitika has that relaxed small, beach town feel with much of what a larger city has to offer.

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LOCATION : Lake Kaniere

HARD
Time: 7 hours return. 7.6 km
Access: Signposted on Dorothy Falls Rd just south of Hans Bay.
Features: Best local access to open mountain tops. Panoramic views of Southern Alps, Lake Kaniere, coastal plains and Hokitika. Must be fit. Good footwear required.

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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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LOCATION : Mahinapua

EASY - Buggies/Strollers ok
Time: 20 minutes return.
Access: Carpark 9km south of Hokitika just off SH6.
Features: Intriguing walk through rare remnant of sand dune totara forest. Wonderful lonely driftwood-strewn beach.

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LOCATION : Lake Kaniere

EASY
Time: 15 minutes one way.
Access: Carpark opposite Milltown Road.
Features: Small inlet on the north eastern shores of the lake. Best short walk through fine rimu forest. Ends at sheltered swimming and picnic beach.

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LOCATION : Hokitika Town

EASY 
Time: 10 minutes return
Access: Carpark on Town Belt East.
Features: Best example of the kahikatea forest that once covered most of Hokitika township area. Regrowth forest but already 20+ metres high. Also delightful native ferns and orchids. 

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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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LOCATION : Hokitika Beach

EASY 
Time: Take as long as you like.
Access: Readily accessible from Beach St, via Weld Lane, Sunset Point Rd and several other access roads (see map).
Features: Wonderful wild beach, black sand and pebbles (including pounamu-jade), driftwood, mountain views, sunsets, sunrise, and starry nights. Walks, picnicking, fossicking for pebbles and driftwood, sandcastles, swimming (for the experienced only), surfing, and surfcasting. Keep your eyes open for the Little Blue Penguin but please respect their space!

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Located on the State Highway 6 roadside at the northern town entrance. Parking available but can be walked to from town.
A 50 meter track leads to Glow-worm Dell - 5 minutes return. Buggies/Strollers ok. Free viewing of glow-worm colonies. Please note that Glow-worms can only be seen at night! Flashlight recommended.

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Built in 1908, the historic Carnegie building currently houses a number of the district’s museum exhibits and treasures. Located in the heart of Hokitika, the building is easily accessible to visitors and entry is free. Come and explore our region’s colourful history!

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LOCATION : Lake Mahinapua

EASY - Buggies/Strollers ok
Time: 15 min one way

Access: North of the main lake carpark and camping area.
Features: Leads to a very small but secluded beach through native bush. A good place to head for a swim. 

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Guaranteed viewing of kiwi in their nocturnal house and New Zealand's living dinosaur, the tuatara. Discover West Coast creatures like whitebait, crayfish and many more. Participate in our giant eel feedings at 10am, 12 noon & 3pm, the Kiwi are fed after the eels. Catch & release a freshwater crayfish in our indoor lake area! Open 7 days, 9am to 5pm in summer & 9.30am to 4.30pm in winter.

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LOCATION : Lake Kaniere

EASY - Buggies/Strollers ok
Time: 10 minutes return- 600 m
Access: Sunny Bight picnic area.
Features: Best short loop walk through fine virgin Kahikatea forest. Along the way you will notice small panels that identify tree and shrub species. 

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LOCATION : Lake Kaniere

MODERATE 
Time: 4 hours one way
Access: Carpark just south of southern end of lake. Follows western shore of lake. Ends at Sunny Bight at northern end of lake. 
Features: Lush forest, great lake and mountain views, bays and beaches. Open to mountain biking. 

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Beautiful refurbished Art Deco Theatre and Cafe. See all the latest movies on the Big Screen with latest digital projection technology and surround sound. Check hokitikaregent.com for movie session times, live shows, other events and online bookings.

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LOCATION : Awatuna/Goldsborough

MODERATE 
Time: 4 hours one way. 8 km. 
Access: Starts at Goldsborough camping area. Ends on Callaghans Road. Walk back along road or return transport required.
Features: Both ends of track feature signs of historic goldmining, including fine tunnels on Shamrock Creek. The higher portions of the track are one of the best remaining local examples of hill-country rimu and miro forest.

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LOCATION: Mahinapua

EASY - Buggies/Strollers ok
Time: 2 hours (walk) one way. 6 km
Access: 8km south of Hokitika on SH6, or start 3km from Rimu on Rimu-Ross Rd
Features: Follows old logging tramway route through a cross section of West Coast bush history. It crosses a diverse range of landscapes including board walked wetlands, natural terrace rimu forest and regenerating native forest and pine, eucalypt and monterey cypress plantings. Detour to lakeside Picnic Point along fine rimu-forest ridge worthwhile (40 minute return trip detour to Picnic Point). Open to mountain biking as well. 

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Our Bespoke family business offers bike hire, trail info, tour planning, shuttles and luggage transfers. We can provide you with bikes or bring your own for us to shuttle.  Logistical problems we will work it out. We take the guesswork out of "how will I get there & back" "who is going to drive" or "how are we going to organise that". Expect friendly and professional service.  Our passion is delivering the best customer service on the WEST COAST and provide the most memorable, unique experiences from start to finish. We have our "backyard tour" package you can choose or reach out for our own tailor made exclusive experience. We can make it happen as we are COASTERS!

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Holidays are all about new experiences, relaxation and having fun. Take the advice from the local experts at the i-SITE and you are guaranteed the best deal, because we’ve done NZ from top to toe. Open 7 days.

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LOCATION : Rimu / Woodstock

EASY 
Time: 1 hour loop walk.
Access: Carpark at the top of Rimu Hill, 4km over Kaniere Bridge.
Features: Panoramic views of the Hokitika valley, and access to displays on the gold mining heritage of the area.

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Easy access for all to enjoy along a steel platform 20 metres high and over 450 metres long.
An exhilarating treetop adventure among temperate rainforest giants. Experience life with the birds high in the ancient Rimu and Kamahi tree canopy. Gently sway in harmony with the forest on the Mahinapua Springboard. View the exquisite Lake Mahinapua through the richly diverse forest foliage. Thrill seekers will feel their heart pump and the adrenalin rush as they climb to the top of the Tower 47 metres above the forest floor. Be inspired by a sensational vista of the majestic snow-capped Southern Alps, Lake Mahinapua and the Tasman sea.

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LOCATION : Kumara

EASY 
Time: 10 min one way
Access: Turn off SH73, 1 km east of Kumara onto a metalled road running alongside a water race
Features: Walk passes through stone-fields of old goldmining tailings & manuka forest to huge glacier-deposited boulder, too big for the early miners to move or break.

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A family owned business that creates some of the worlds finest glassware. Every piece is made in the workshop in which you can watch being made while you peruse the extensive range of glass items in the studio.

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LOCATION : Lake Kaniere

HARD MULTI-DAY 
Time: 3-4days one way to Whitcombe Pass
Access: Access from Hokitika is via the Kaniere/Kowhitirangi Road travelling toward the Hokitika Gorge some 30 km inland from Hokitika. After leaving the sealed road, cross two concrete bridges (Diedrich and Granite Creeks). A side road to the left some 100 metres past the second bridge leads to the Whitcombe road end. This side road is signposted “Access to Whitcombe Valley”. The road is prone to flooding part way along and is sometimes left impassable to vehicles. A gate part way in is sometimes locked. At this point there is good parking for vehicles. Beyond the gate the road is suitable for 4WD vehicles only.
Features: This is a classic Trans Alpine trail. The Whitcombe Pass Track takes you through the very rugged bush clad valleys of the lower Hokitika and Whitcombe Rivers to the Main Divide for stunning views. Image: Brian Dobble

See DoC for up to date track and weather information. 

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LOCATION: Hokitika Town

EASY
Time:  A 10 minute ride for quayside and central town features, longer if you want to see the whole thing.
Access: From i-Site and Museum, or any point along the sign posted trail. 
Features: Goldrush and river-port town historic heritage sites, buildings and statues. Brochure and information panels bring history to life. Many sites included on the Town Centre Points of Interest Loop. Request a brochure showing the whole walk from the Visitor i-Site.

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LOCATION : Awatuna/Goldsborough

MODERATE 
Time: 1.5 hour loop
Access: Starts at Goldsborough camping area, crosses creek and climbs via German Gully Track to Scandinavian Hill Road. Turn north here and return by Goffs Track and part of the Goldsborough Track.
Features: Historic goldmining features in regrowth native forest.

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LOCATION : Lake Kaniere

EASY 
Time: 2 minutes.
Access: Carpark beside bridge at Dorothy Falls Rd on eastern side of lake.
Features: Short path to pool at base of best local falls. Awesome in a good rain. 

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LOCATION: Hokitika

GRADE 2

HALF DAY RIDES - FOUR DAY ADVENTURE

Half Day Rides

Kawhaka Creek to Milltown: part of the more challenging section but well worth it. Great views of the Arahura Valley. 

Sunny Bight at Lake Kaniere to Hurunui Jacks - a fun, mostly flat section following an old water race and weaving through beautiful bush.

Mananui Walkway (Mahinapua Walkway) to Rimu/Woodstock Road - see old timber-milling relics, Mahinapua Creek wetlands and regenerating bush.

Full Day Rides

Greymouth to Kumara - An easy ride along coastline and along an historic tramway. 

Kumara to Milltown - The most challenging section through dramatic mountain landscape, passing old goldfields, historic reservoirs, water races and an old coach road. Amazing views.

Milltown to Hokitika - Relaxed riding (except for one hill!) along a picturesque valley and Lake Kaniere. Follow an historic waterway and cruise through native forest. 

Hokitika to Ross - Easy riding with historic railway bridges, wetlands and views of the Southern Alps. 

Four Day Adventure

Spin your own story as you visit interesting towns and see a variety of West Coast landscapes. Ride it either way - south to north is the easiest.

For more information, visit the West Coast Wilderness Trail website

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LOCATION : Lake Kaniere

HARD MULTI-DAY 
Time: 4-5 days
Access: Turn off the Kokatahi/Lake Kaniere circuit road at the sign post “Access to Toaroha Valley”, cross the bridge over the Kokatahi River and follow the road as far as your vehicle will allow.  Farm gates should be left as they are found.  Permission to cross the farmland must be obtained from the leaseholder, Terry Sheridan, telephone +64 3 755 7967. Alternatively access can be gained from the Whitcombe Valley Road (Hokitika Gorge Road) and the route walked in the reverse order to that described below.
Features: This is a classic West Coast trail. This route traverses rugged river valleys and crosses two alpine saddles. The alpine sections demand experience and good route finding skills in other than fine weather conditions. Throughout winter and into late spring the alpine areas will have a cover of snow. 

See DoC for up to date track and weather information. 

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LOCATION: Ross

MODERATE / HARD 
Time: 7 hours return. 18 km
Access: Start from the Ross Goldfields carpark, along the DOC track from the left hand corner which joins the Mount Greenland 4WD road.
Features: Rough unmaintained road to the top of Mount Greenland. Old miner's pack track through tall rimu with cover of sub-alpine vegetation at top (905m). 360 degree views on a good day. This is a long tramp and good footwear is essential. NB: The road continues steeply downhill to the site of the old mining village at the back of Mt Greenland. This will add several hours to the journey and is therefore not recommended as a day walk.

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LOCATION : Hokitika Gorge

EASY - Buggies/Strollers ok
Time: 1 hour loop track
Access: 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!
Features: 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. 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.

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Mahinapua Links

Play on one of New Zealand’s few true links courses at Hokitika on the West Coast of the South Island with views of Aoraki / Mount Cook, Mt Tasman and the majestic Southern Alps.
Cool Idea | Putt around

Grab your clubs and play on a links course with amazing views of Aoraki Mount Cook.

  • Just 3 minutes south of Hokitika, (first right turn over the Hokitika River bridge).
  • The links are open from dawn to dusk, 365 days a year and bookings are not required.
  • Greens fees on this unique links are a modest for all players except students under 18 who get an even better deal.
  • Club hire - Heritage Highway Motels, Ph. 03 755 8098

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LOCATION: Lake Kaniere

EASY/MODERATE
Time: (Walk) 3-4 hours return or 1 hour return (option)
Access: Carpark at the landing at the Northern end of Lake Kaniere. Ends at Kennedy Creek near the Kaniere Forks Power Station. A shorter, easier section from the landing to Wards Road (1 hour return) is most popular.
Features: This track follows an historic, but still used, Kaniere Forks power station water race, through virgin and regrowth forest. Freshwater mussels, cray and the odd trout may be spotted. Open to mountain biking.

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LOCATION: Awatuna / Golsborough

EASY 
Time: 20 minute loop
Access: Signposted on Stafford-Goldsborough roadside with carpark.
Features: Track enters and exits through old goldmining tailrace tunnels and meanders through old gold workings. Passes through regenerating rimu, kamahi and tree fern forest. A great place to see glowworms at night. 

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LOCATION: Hokitika Town

EASY - Buggies/Strollers ok 
Time: 30 min for quayside and central town features, longer if you want to see the whole thing.
Access: From i-Site and Museum, or any point along the walk. 
Features: Goldrush and river-port town historic heritage sites, buildings and statues. Brochure and information panels bring history to life. Many sites included on the Town Centre Points of Interest Loop. Request a brochure showing the whole walk from the Visitor i-Site.

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LOCATION : Lake Kaniere

HARD DAY HIKE OR MULTI-DAY
Time: 1-2 days
Access: Access to Mount Brown is off the eastern Lake Kaniere gravel road near Slip Bay.
Features: Steep climb up to amazing views of the Alps, Lake Kaniere and the coast. Mount Brown Hut (4-bunk) was relocated by DOC from the Lower Arahura and that and the track are now maintained by a group of volunteers (Permolat). Hike up to the hut for lunch or stay overnight. Loop available via the Styx River.

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LOCATION : Lake Mahinapua

EASY - Buggies/Strollers ok
Time: 15 minutes one way
Access: From lake access road. Ends close to camping area
Features: Tree ferns, kamahi and totara forest on old sand dunes. Small panels identify tree and shrub species. Fun for the kids.

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LOCATION : Ross

EASY 
Time: 10 min one way
Access: Walk starts from the top of St James Street near Visitor Centre.
Features: Part of the Ross Water Race Walkway. Short zig zags uphill before entering the Cemetery. Interesting headstones and great views.

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LOCATION: Lake Mahinapua

EASY - Buggies / Strollers ok
Time: 10 minute loop
Access:  At southern end of camping area
Features: Pretty sand dune forest & circles an old black sand gold dredge pond. Abundant wildlife.

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Westland Industrial Heritage Park is a working museum with a variety of displays and ongoing projects. The dedicated volunteers' passion for restoring Westland's industrial past to running condition for public display has resulted in the park becoming a vibrant and dynamic family tourist attraction.
The Westland Industrial Heritage Park (the Park) was started by a group of mature (Old) men who loved big engines and the like (toys) and wanted to play with the toys and preserve some of the history of Westland at the same time.  Since those beginnings the Park has developed and changed. It has become a place where all ages can see and touch and learn about the history of the region.

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Hokitika Swimming Pool – SWIM! TRAIN! PLAY! Facilities for all ages including swim school, spa pool and fun inflatables for the kids. Training lanes and daily fitness classes available. Open 6am to 8pm (mon to fri) and 9am to 6pm (weekends). Get Into it!

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LOCATION: Hokitika Town

EASY - Buggies/Strollers ok
Time: 1-2 hours
Access: From i-Site or any point along the walk. 
Features: A great way to see the town centre and learn about Hokitika's history and culture. This self-guided walk features Take-a-Seat artseats, public art displays and historical monuments and buildings. Get a town map showing the whole walk and a Heritage Trail brochure which provides information about the historical points of interest. Both available from the Visitor i-Site.

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LOCATION : Arahura/Blue Spur

MODERATE 
Time: 1.5 hour loop walk
Access: Carpark on Blue Spur Road
Features: Old Chinese goldmining workings: races, stone walls and shafts in regrowth native forest. Great fun for kids to explore but care required due to steeper sections, hidden drops and shafts. Stick to the track, wear good footwear as parts can be slick.

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LOCATION: Ross

EASY / MODERATE
Time: 1 hour loop.
Access: Walk starts from Ross Visitor Centre.
Features: Follows Mt Greenland Rd up Jones Creek and loops back following water race. Replica miner's hut, several dam sites and tunnels. Passes through old Ross cemetery with views overlooking Ross and the Tasman Sea. Goldmining area relics to be seen on walk and at visitor centre.

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LOCATION: Hokitika

MODERATE / HARD
Time: Make a day of it!

A network of excellent tracks maintained by the West Coast Mountain Bike Club. All are within easy biking distance of Hokitika township. Information on these tracks and the maps are available at Hokitika Cycles and Sportsworld. These tracks, including one built for the Nationals, offer intermediate and advanced riders access to great views of the mountains and sea, jumps, and fun challenges including a ride through an old gold mining tunnel. 

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