Located on the west coast of
New Zealand's South Island and 40 kms south of Greymouth and located near
the mouth of the Hokitika River, is Hokitika with a population of 3078.
has become a major tourist stop on the West Coast's main highway route, with
carving of greenstone an important local industry.
It is also gaining a reputation for its annual wild food festival which has
been running since 1990.
Hokitika is supported by forestry, tourism, farming, sphagnum moss, and gold
mining industries. Excellent varieties of craft and greenstone jewellery,
shopping seven days a week.
Hokitika is the last town with banking and pharmacy facilities until Wanaka.
Activities include wild foods, freshwater fishing, whitebaiting, bush walks,
beach walks, kayaking, visits to Lakes Kaniere and Mahinapua, Paddle Boat
Cruise, Phelps Goldmine experience with gold panning, Water World Aquarium,
above ground glow-worm dell, garden visits and scenic flights and the West
Coast Historical Museum.
District walks include Goldsborough, Lake Kaniere and water race, Lake
Mahinapua Walk, Ross Goldfields, Hokitika Beach, Wanganui Walk Track (Harihari).
Hokitika is served by regular daily
coach and bus services to Fox Glacier, Franz Josef, Greymouth,
Punakaiki, Westport and Nelson and Air New Zealand Link operates direct flights to and from
There are no passenger train service from Hokitika to Queenstown, Fox
Glacier, Franz Josef Glacier, Greymouth, Westport, Nelson or Christchurch
except for combined bus and TranzAlpine train travel from
Hokitika to Christchurch.