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Hokitika Gorge

Deal of the DaySometimes 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. The vivid turquoise water surrounded by lush native bush looks too good to be true but trust us, it is well worth a visit. The Hokitika Gorge is 33kms from Hokitika.

Activities at Hokitika Gorge

  • It's best if you stay a night or two in Hokitika to fit the Gorge into your West Coast schedule. Otherwise, you will be pushed for time! 
  • Do the Hokitika Gorge Track for amazing views
  • Drive a half day scenic loop - circle back to Hokitika after viewing the Gorge via Lake Kaniere and Dorothy Falls
  • Trampers may wish to go further afield and there are three-day hikes from here to places like Grassy Flats, Cedar Flat and Mt Brown.
  • Further up the gorge the rough water is popular for adventure kayaking. Hokitika is close to some of the worlds’ best white water kayaking, set amongst granite gorges and stunning bush. 


The road is signposted the whole way - look for the yellow signs that say Hokitika Gorge and be prepared for a lot of turning!

  • Turn inland (East) on Stafford St from SH6/Fitzherbert St - this changes into Kaniere Road.
  • Veer right onto Kaniere-Kowhitirangi Road.
  • At T junction, turn right to stay on Kaniere-Kowhitirangi Road.
  • Go over one-way bridge and at the first 4-way road junction, turn left to stay on Kaniere-Kowhitirangi Road, go one country block and turn right to stay on Kaniere-Kowhitirangi Road.
  • Go one country block and turn left onto Johnston Road.
  • Go one country block and turn right onto Nielson Road.
  • Go one country block and veer left onto Whitcombe Valley Road. Follow this road until the Hokitika Gorge carpark.

Browse the listings below to learn more about the Hokitika Gorge.

See & Do

Hokitika Gorge Track - Walk

LOCATION : Hokitika Gorge

EASY - Buggies/Strollers ok 
Time: 15 minute return
Access: 25km east of Hokitika. Turn inland onto Stafford St from SH6/Fitzherbert St and follow the yellow signs saying Hokitika Gorge. Be prepared for lots of turning! (Passes Kowhitirangi Incident memorial on route).
Features: Top rated activity in Hokitika on TripAdvisor! 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. Photo credit: Adrienne Sidal

Hokitika Gorge & Lake Kaniere - Scenic Drive

LOCATION : Hokitika Gorge

This is a classic scenic drive loop which features amazing scenery. Head inland to the Hokitika Gorge to admire its unbelieveably turquoise waters, enjoying views of farmland, rivers and the mountains along the way. Stop also at the Kowhitirangi Memorial that honours the victims of the Stanley Graham shootings. On the way back, head around the south and eastern end of Lake Kaniere (a good 2wd gravel road). There are plenty of pullouts to enjoy the lake shore as well as a short walk to Dorothy Falls. Then head back to Hokitika. Of course you can do this in reverse too.  

Gorge Gallery at MZ Design
PH: (03) 755 7800 E:
The Gorge Gallery is located at the workshop and home of MZ Design. We are 20km from Hokitika (down Zuckermans Road) on the road to the Hokitika Gorge. We stock our original design woodware along with special designs unique to our gallery. We are open when the Flags are displayed.
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