About Hokitika

Hokitika lies on the West Coast of New Zealand’s South Island. It is just over 3 hours drive from Christchurch, a little further from Nelson or Haast.

Hokitika Township lies at the mouth of the Hokitika River and was established as a town during the West Coast gold rush days, although Māori brought large canoes up the Hokitika River long before Hokitika became a port.

Hokitika is derived from the Māori term meaning “Place of return” and is just south of Arahura, the birthplace of pounamu (greenstone or NZ jade).

The area is characterised by it’s rugged beauty and wilderness features. On clear days views of the Southern Alps and the peak of Aoeraki Mount Cook are spectacular.

Hokitika now thrives as a tourist destination showing off it’s arts, crafts ,cafes and great restaurants.


  • Fat Pipi Pizzas
  • The Kitchen
  • Stumpers bar and café
  • Café 39
  • Clocktower café
  • Easteats, Railway Hotel

Just out of town:

  • Stations Inn
  • Woodstock Hotel

Local Activities

Anne and Fraser are always happy to help with local information but here are a few things to consider:

  • The National Kiwi Centre – feed giant eels and see live kiwis
  • Hokitika Glass Studio
  • West Coast Historical Museum
  • Westland Industrial Heritage Park
  • Glow Worm Dell
  • Play golf at Hokitika Links 18 hole course
  • Walk the Treetops Walkway or Hokitika Heritage Trail
  • Visit Hokitika Gorge.
  • Cycle parts of the Wilderness Bike Trail (1/2 day to 4 day sections)
  • As well as a variety of short or longer walks within the local Hokitika area.