Hokitika, West Coast, New Zealand


Hokitika is the heritage and cultural centre of the West Coast and was originally settled in the 1860’s
following the discovery of gold. Later Hokitika became a mining town and  important port.

The vibrant town of Hokitika is perhaps the most artistic and creative urban centre on the West Coast.
Artisans work with local materials; gold, silver, pounamu greenstone, driftwood, paua shell and stone to create a tremendous array of fine art pieces, jewellery and sculpture that make for excellent souvenirs as you’ll be taking home a piece of the West Coast lovingly fashioned into an original work of art by a Coaster.
Greenstone is found in the nearby Arahura River and highly prized by the Maori.

Coal  relicThe West Coast Historical Museum and information centre housed in the stately Carnegie Building, is also worth a visit displaying artifacts and relics
from the time when gold was discovered. The museum has an exceptional collection of both Maori and European artefacts, a documentary video display of the region’s history and a gallery of local painting and sculpture.

Another attraction for visitors is the Saturday outdoor market.
The market showcases the talents of local artists
and craftspeople and fresh produce is also sold.

Waterworld Aquarium 
The Waterworld Aquarium is another unique experience displaying sharks and eels and The National Kiwi Centre has live kiwi, tuatara and giant eels on display

Visit the Glow Worm Dell at Hokitika, here you will see glow worms in
 their natural environment at the towns north entrance.

You can carve your own greenstone pendant at Bonz n Stonz.
 Tree Tops Walkway – is a superb new facility 15 minutes south of Hokitika which gives a great walk in the trees with views
over Lake Mahinapua and to the mountains. Good café on site as well.

Every year in March, the famous “Wildfoods” Festival is held in Hokitika and celebrates the wild foods of the West Coast
such as  whitebait, huhu grubs, venison and many other “wild” foods to tickle your taste buds.

Hokitika beach

Hokitika has a plethora of sightseeing and all-weather activities for the whole family and is an excellent base for exploring the area and a visit to Hokitika Gorge, Lake Kaniere, the Ross goldfields and Kumara regions will be highly rewarding.

Hokitika has a great beach with wild surf, a wonderful place to take a walk and see the sun set over.the Tasman Sea.

Panning for Gold near HokitikaHokitika sunset