Whitebait Season Here

The West Coast whitebait season is 1 Sept to 14 Nov and many cafes and restaurants in Hokitika have their own signature whitebait dish. One taste and you will realise what all the excitement is about.

© Celine Stokowski

Hokitika Gorge

The vivid turquoise water surrounded by lush native bush looks too good to be true...but trust us, it is a must do natural attraction on the West Coast.

© Tony Meredith

West Coast Wilderness Trail

The 132km West Coast Wilderness Trail scenery is second to none. Part of the New Zealand Cycle Trail network, this Grade 2 (easy) Great Ride offers choices of short half-day rides to a full four day adventure. 

© Shakey Finger Photography

Lake Mahinapua

Tranquil Lake Mahinapua is just south of Hokitika in a scenic reserve and is a great place for a family holiday on the West Coast. 

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Art, Culture & Heritage

Experience Hokitika's colourful art, culture and heritage. Watch talented artists at work as you stroll around town, take a self guided heritage walk or visit the Hokitika Museum to learn more about the art and history of the area. 

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Birthplace of Pounamu

As the birthplace of pounamu, also known as greenstone or New Zealand jade, Hokitika is a vital stop for anyone in search of their own piece of pounamu treasure with its many arts and crafts galleries.

© juergenschacke.com

Lake Kaniere

Lake Kaniere is just 19 kms inland from Hokitika in a scenic reserve surrounded on three sides by mountains. It has great swimming, boating, walks, a picnic area, camping ground and much more. 

©Shellie Evans

Beachside Town Centre

A wild beach, no traffic lights, awesome sunsets, mountain views, artisan galleries and great cafes and bars. Fun-filled holidays you used to have, but with better coffee!

© Myreality2 (Flickr)

Welcome to Hokitika

Welcome to Hokitika, the cool little town. It's a place to have a holiday like you used to have...but with better coffee. 

Why are we cool?

  • Hokitika is the only beachside, full-service town centre on the West Coast. It's easy to walk around too. 

  • You can easily experience the vibrant art, culture and heritage of Hokitika firsthand. Many artists have their workshops in town and there are numerous ways to relive the old days. 

  • Hokitika has great bars, cafes and restaurants in town with local delicacies and good coffee on offer. 

  • Nature is at your doorstep with mountains, rivers and beach surrounding the town. There is plenty to see and do

  • Hokitika has a friendly, comfortable place for you to stay...and many are in stunning locations. 

  • Hokitika is a great base for your wider West Coast holiday. Do day trips to Punakaiki and the Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers. 

  • It's easy getting to Hokitika. It's only 3 hours driving from Christchurch and it is the only airport serviced by AirNZ on the West Coast.  

Winter Travel

Winter is officially over but there are still winter conditions on roads at times. For those that don't want to drive - take a bus, plane or train. For those that want a scenic drive, we have tips on winter driving and links to current road conditions. 

Click here for more details. 

What's On in Hokitika

See what is happening around the Hokitika community. Fun events, coffee mornings, classes and much more are listed on the What's On in Hokitika Calendar. Add your own event by sending your information here

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This Week's Weather Forecast

A local weather observer gives us a weekly weather forecast. 

The Weather: scattered showers. Tomorrow Tuesday overcast with widespread drizzly rain becoming heavier and more persistent as it spreads slowly northwards. On Wednesday rain early hours of the morning eases to showers but likely redevelops during the evening; Thursday further rain followed by a clearance late in the day with a change to cooler south-westerlies. Friday sees any remaining showers clearing, Saturday fine.

Posted by The Coasters Club on 17 Oct 2016


Drive Times & Distances

83 km
Arthurs Pass
99 km
Franz Josef Glacier
135 km
253 km
325 km
489 km