Explore Hokitika Attractions on the West Coast of New Zealand

Hokitika, a charming town on New Zealand's West Coast, is a hidden gem known for its stunning natural beauty, rich history, and vibrant arts scene.

Nestled between the Tasman Sea and the Southern Alps, Hokitika offers a wide range of attractions and activities for travellers seeking adventure, culture, and relaxation. Here are a selection of popular must-visit attractions in Hokitika, New Zealand, along with descriptions of each:

Hokitika Gorge with Turquoise Water and Walks

Stunning Turquoise Water Under the Swing Bridge at Hokitika Gorge. Near Hokitika on the West Coast of the South Island, New Zealand

Stunning Turquoise Water Under the Swing Bridge at Hokitika Gorge

The Hokitika Gorge is a natural wonder that will take your breath away. Located about 33 kilometres from Hokitika, this picturesque gorge boasts incredibly turquoise waters, framed by lush native forests and rocky cliffs.

There is free parking available.

A short walk, including some boardwalk, leads you to a swing bridge that provides stunning views of the gorge and the surrounding landscape. It's an ideal spot for hiking, photography, and enjoying the serenity of nature.

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Glowworm Dell

Witness the enchanting world of glowworms at Glow-worm Dell, a short drive from Hokitika's town centre. After sunset, a visit to this dell will reward you with a mesmerizing display of these bioluminescent creatures illuminating the forest. It's a magical experience that is best enjoyed on a quiet evening after dark.

On SH6 (State Highway 6) with free parking in a long layby at the side of SH6. See map below.

Hokitika Beach

Hokitika Sunset Beach Walk

Hokitika Sunset Beach Walk, Three People and a Dog, West Coast, South Island, New Zealand

Hokitika Beach is a captivating destination offering sweeping views of the Tasman Sea. It's renowned for its driftwood-strewn shores and striking sunsets. Stroll along the beach, collect unique pieces of driftwood, or simply relax and enjoy the sound of the waves crashing against the shore. It's an ideal place for a leisurely walk or a tranquil picnic.

Street parking available.

West Coast Wilderness Trail

For those who love cycling and exploring nature, the West Coast Wilderness Trail is a must-do activity.

This 132-kilometre trail takes you through lush rainforests, alongside rivers, and past historic gold mining sites. You can choose to ride the entire trail or opt for shorter sections, all while enjoying the stunning scenery of New Zealand's West Coast.

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National Kiwi Centre Hokitika

Get up close and personal with New Zealand's iconic flightless bird, the kiwi, at the Hokitika National Kiwi Centre. This wildlife sanctuary is dedicated to the conservation and protection of these unique creatures.

Visitors can see kiwis in a specially designed nocturnal house, along with a variety of other native birds and reptiles.

Street parking available.

Hokitika Museum

Dive into the rich history of Hokitika at the Hokitika Museum. This well-curated museum showcases the town's gold rush heritage, indigenous culture, and natural history. You'll find a fascinating collection of artefacts, including Maori treasures, gold mining equipment, and the famous "Hokitika Pounamu," or greenstone.

Sunset Point Hokitika

As the name suggests, Sunset Point is the perfect spot to catch a breathtaking sunset in Hokitika. Situated just a short walk from the town centre, this viewpoint offers unobstructed views of the Tasman Sea. It's an ideal place to relax, unwind, and watch the sky burst into vibrant hues as the sun sets over the horizon.

Access Hokitika Beach at this end and you can walk down it's length, or start down the beach and finish at Sunset Point for sunset.

See map below, plenty of parking available.

Jade (Pounamu) Shopping in Hokitika

Hokitika is renowned for its high-quality jade, known as pounamu in Maori culture. Visit local jade galleries and workshops to witness the intricate art of carving jade into beautiful jewellery, sculptures, and ornaments. You can also purchase unique pounamu souvenirs to take home as a cherished memory of your visit.

Hokitika Wildfoods Festival

The well attended and great fun annual Wildfoods Festival in Hokitika. An opportunity to try out lots of different wild food from around New Zealand, along with some from Australia, and a variety of drinks too. Find out more about this famous festival that celebrates food from the wild.

Shantytown Heritage Park, West Coast

Historic Shantytown Steam Train

Shantytown steam train at Historic Shantytown Heritage Park, near Hokitika on the West Coast, South Island, New Zealand

Step back in time and explore New Zealand's gold rush era at Shantytown Heritage Park, located north from Hokitika on SH6.

This meticulously recreated 19th-century mining town features historic buildings, a working steam train, gold panning opportunities, and interactive exhibits, providing a fascinating glimpse into the past.

Lake Kaniere

Just a scenic drive from Hokitika, Lake Kaniere is a serene and picturesque destination. Surrounded by lush native forest, the lake is perfect for picnicking, swimming, kayaking, or simply enjoying a peaceful day in nature.

Don't miss Dorothy Falls, a stunning waterfall nearby, accessible by a short hike.

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Dorothy Falls near Lake Kaniere

Dorothy Falls near Lake Kaniere, Hokitika attractions on the West Coast, South Island, New Zealand

Treetop Walkway

Experience the beauty of Hokitika's native rainforest from a unique perspective at the Treetop Walkway. This elevated walkway takes you through the forest canopy, providing stunning views of the lush surroundings and the Hokitika River. It's an excellent opportunity for birdwatching and reconnecting with nature.

Mahinapua Walkway

For a leisurely stroll through wetland and forest ecosystems, explore the Mahinapua Walkway. This well-maintained track offers a chance to spot native bird-life and enjoy the peaceful sounds of nature. It's a relaxing and easygoing activity suitable for all ages.

Free parking I believe. Located south of Hokitika on SH6 West Coast. See map at bottom of page.

Mahinapua Lake Walks

Mahinapua Lake Walks, near Hokitika on the West Coast, South Island, New Zealand

More to Explore in the Hokitika Area

Do have a look at the map of Hokitika Region at the bottom of this page.

While these attractions offer a diverse range of experiences in Hokitika, there are many more hidden gems to discover in this beautiful region. Whether you're an outdoor enthusiast, a history buff, or an art lover, Hokitika has something special to offer every traveller. Don't miss the chance to explore this charming town on New Zealand's West Coast and create lasting memories in a place where natural beauty and cultural heritage meet.

Map of Hokitika Region Attractions

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