Touring routes

Explore Hokitika

Hokitika: The Cool Little Town Tour and the only beachside, full-service town centre on the West Coast

Weekend away
2 Days
59 mi/95 km
Best time

Day 1: Hokitika

3 mins, 1.7 km

Hokitika: The Cool Little Town has a friendly, comfortable place for you to stay and many are in stunning locations. Hokitika is a great base for your wider West Coast holiday.

Air NZ flight to Hokitika is one the best scenic flights make sure you book you window seat on the left hand side best views ever!

Once you have landed pick up your rental car and make your way to the 'Cool Little Town' of Hokitika where you will be inspired by the local artisans and can even make your own piece of pounamu to gift to a loved one! Take your time to look around this cool little town and enjoy the shops, cafes and restaurants.

Get your Instagram fix at the iconic sign of driftwood spelling out the words HOKITIKA. Don't forget to use the #westcoastnz to share your image.

Enjoy some well deserved beverages and great tucker, ask a local about the Glow Worm Dell to see some true nature!

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Day 2: Hokitika to Lake Kaniere

11 mins, 11.9 km

Drive southwest from Weld Street and turn left at Sale Street.

Turn right at the 1st cross street onto Stafford St and continue onto Kaniere Rd.

Turn left onto Lake Kaniere Rd. Drive: 6 mins inland towards the bush

A great spot to play on the swings, go for a swim, putting in the jetboat and having a picnic. Just 3 mins along Dorothy Falls Road, (1.9 km from Lake Kaniere), stop and walk in to see Dorothy Falls.

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Day 2: Hokitika Gorge

35 mins, 36.6 km

Turn left to stay on Whitcombe Valley Rd, Whitcombe Valley Rd turns right and becomes Nielson Rd, turn left onto Johnston Rd, Johnston Rd turns right and becomes Kaniere-Kowhitirangi Rd, turn right to stay on Kaniere-Kowhitirangi Rd, continue onto Kaniere Rd, turn left onto Woodstock-Rimu Rd until the Hokitika Gorge carpark.

The tranquil teal coloured waters that can be viewed from above the flowing water via a swing bridge. Keep walking long the easy track and the waterfall can be viewed from the bridge, within a few seconds walk through the bush you will be at the edge of the waterfalls pool of water.

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Day 2: West Coast Treetop Walkway and Cafe

31 mins, 39.4 km

Imagine being able to walk through the treetops of stunning native bush with majestic birdlife the West Coast Treetop Walkway is the place to be. Make your way to the famous turquoise blue waters of the Hokitika Gorge. Walk among the top of the trees and great views overlooking your next stop Lake Mahinapua. Drive: From Whitcombe Valley Road follow Kaniere Kowhitirangi Road for 26.3 kms, and turn left onto Woodstock-Rimu Road.

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Day 2: Lake Mahinapua

7 mins, 7.1 km

Lake Mahinapua is a scenic reserve that offers opportunities for camping, picnicking, walking and water based activities.

Head northeast on State Highway 6 toward Adair Rd, at the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Weld St, at the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Sewell St, turn right onto Gibson Quay, slight right to stay on Gibson Quay.

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Day 2: Sunset Point Hokitika

2 mins, 1.1 km

Views of the untamed Hokitika beach, strewn with driftwood and a great spot to tuck into some fish and chips. As nature does its thing it is eroding at this area please note that there may be high waves so please take care.

Head northeast on Gibson Quay toward Beach St, turn left onto Beach St, turn left to stay on Beach St, turn left into carpark area.

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