Hokitika Day Trip
Explore downtown Hokitika, visit the many arts and crafts shop/studios/factories, exhibiting local artist's works. Hokitika is the natural home of Greenstone (New Zealand jade).
Explore the West Coast Historical Museum – a social and historical museum with displays of Westland's past. An audiovisual program is shown several times daily and depicts Hokitika and nearby areas during the gold rush and busy seaport days. Also, try your hand at gold panning.
Visit Westland's Eco Centre. An indoors marine aquarium and kiwi enclosure. Watch the diver feeding sharks and some of the world's largest long fin eels. Get up and close to some real live kiwis.
Self-Guided Heritage Walk – pick up brochures from the visitor Information Centre or West Coast Historical Museum. Approximately one hour duration.
Follow State Highway 6 south over the Hokitika River Bridge and visit the Lake Mahinapua Hotel, a favourite with visitors and locals alike. A short distance from the lake entrance.
Lake Mahinapua – 10 kms south of Hokitika.
A beautiful lake popular for yachting, swimming and picnicking or take one of the short bush walks. Also, there is a display of an early lake steamer.
Cruise the tranquil Mahinapua Creek into Lake Mahinapua aboard the Takutai Belle Paddleboat. Departs 6kms south of Hokitika on State Highway 6. Continue south to State Highway 6 turn-off, (signposted Rimu/Woodstock) and you can return to Hokitika via Rimu, Woodstock and Kaniere.
Go inland to Lake Kaniere, follow the narrow twisting road round the lake edge to Dorothy Falls and on to the dairy farming of Kokataki. At Kakataki you can turn right and return direct to Hokitika or travel across the Kowitirangi valley to the Hokitika Gorge before returning back to Kokataki and onto Hokitika.
A further day can be spent south from Hokitika. The visitor passes tranquil lakes amidst majestic towering rain forests. Around two hours' easy travel is the world-renowned Franz Josef and half an hour further on to Fox Glaciers of Westland National Park. Guided walks are conducted on both glaciers daily while scenic flights over towering icefalls, breathtaking snowfields and New Zealand's highest mountains are available weather permitting.
Hokitika beach is accessible from Beach Street, via Weld Lane, Sunset Point Road. Features wonderful wild beach, sand and pebbles (including pounamu-jade) diftwood, mountain views, sunsets, sunrise and starry nights. Walks, picnicking, fossicking for pebbles and dirftwood, sandcastles, swimming (for the experienced only) surfing and surfcasting.
Sunset Point features sunset, sunrises and starry nights. Hokitika rivermouth and beach. Lookout, Views of New Zealand's highest Mountains. Aoraki/ Cook, Tasman Sea and the Tambo shipwreck.
The Glow Worm Dell. Access from roadside at northern town entrance. 50 metre track leads to Glow-worm Dell. Features free viewing of glow-worms colonies (glow-worms can only be seen at night) lovely fern grotto by day. The dell is open free of charge.
Hokitika Heritage Walk. Access at any point along walk. Features goldrush and river port town historic heritage sites, buildings and statues.
Prossers Bush Walk. Town Belt East. Features best example of the Kahikatea forest that once covered most of Hokitika township area. This Forest already 20+metres high. In this bush area you can also see delightful nature ferns and orchids growing in the under growth.
Rimu Lookout. At the top of Rimu hill, 4km over the Kaniere Bridge a 1 loop hour walk. Features panoramic views of the Hokitika Valley, and access to displays on the mining heritage of the area.