Lake Mahinapua Hotel

Welcome to the Lake Mahinapua Hotel – one of New Zealands most iconic and beloved historic hotels. Tucked between the beach and serene Lake Mahinapua located just 10 minutes south of Hokitika, this iconic property has been welcoming travellers since 1905.


Enjoy direct beach and lake access as well as the convenience of our onsite Bar & Eating House open daily for breakfast, lunch & dinner. Unwind in our shared spa pool & outdoor shower facility.

The Lake Mahinapua Hotel has been welcoming travelers since 1905 and has a heritage deeply rooted in the gold rush era where it originally served as a vital resting place for gold miners and travelers. It was owned by a Scotsman from Edinburgh who came to the West Coast as a miner and dredge worker in the late 1800s. The property holds fascinating stories of bygone days and continues to welcome guests from all over the world offering an array of lodging options, recreational activities and an onsite Bar & Eating House serving beverages, breakfast, lunch and dinner daily from 7:30am.

Lake Mahinapua Hotel

We are located near the Wilderness Cycle Trail and have lockable bike racks.

Unwind and relax in the family-friendly communal spa pool, outdoor shower and garden courtyard which serves as the hub of the property with the Bar & Eating House on one side and the cabins and huts intimately nestled next to each other on the other side surrounded by established trees.

Mornings never looked so good at Lake Mahinapua Hotel... Imagine waking up to the sound of the nearby ocean and taking your pick from our delightful coffee bar along with freshly prepared cabinet food to build your very own picnic hamper before heading off for a day at the beach or the lake.

In the evenings tuck into our West Coast-infused all-day menu in-house or order take-out and enjoy fresh blue cod & chips at the beach beside a bonfire as you witness an epic West Coast sunset.

When you stay at Lake Mahinapua Hotel, there are a multitude of recreational activities to discover:

The Beach

The beach can be directly accessed via a short 400m scenic walk through farmland and from here, you'll be treated to breathtaking views of the Southern Alps' snow-capped peaks. Grab a picnic hamper from our onsite Eating House or order your favourite take-out meal and enjoy a seaside feast! As the sun sets, light a bonfire, toast marshmallows, and watch as the sky paints a beautiful West Coast sunset. If you fancy some zen time, hire a yoga mat from our reception and indulge in a tranquil self-guided yoga session by the beach.


The Lake

Lake Mahinapua offers a serene setting for picnics, swimming, yoga and bird watching. You might even spot a great white heron! For the explorers among us, check out the enchanting glow Worm Dell or embark on one of the bush walks such as the Jim Micheal Walk or the Swimmers Beach Walk.


Looking for some fun competition? We have a dedicated space for Pétanque, complete with all the necessary equipment.

Spa Pool & Outdoor Shower

After a day packed with activities, unwind in our spa pool and rinse off under the outdoor shower. It's the perfect way to rejuvenate for another day of adventure!


Open 7 days from 11:00am-8:00pm

Invoice payments accepted

Can order a la carte or can also cater to requirements for large groups/functions


962 Ruatapu Road, Hokitika
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