The Hokitika Gorge is 33kms from Hokitika. The vivid turquoise water surrounded by lush native bush is well worth a visit.
The Hokitika Gorge is one detour you won’t regret taking. You’ll be teased with glimpses of the otherworldly colour of the water through the trees as you make your way along the track. This is an easy walk through lush native bush to a rocky gorge with calm turquoise blue water caused by hard work high in the mountains where rocks are ground into a fine powder by the movement of glaciers.
Hokitika Gorge is a short walk from the car park through a mainly rimu and podocarp forest to a viewing platform where the water has to be seen to be believed.
An awesome viewing platform is just 4 minutes from the car park and this part of the track is accessible for wheelchairs.
Carry on further to an impressive swing bridge and the granite rocks of the gorge's walls.
For good views further up the gorge, cross the swing bridge and when you come to the end, turn left (straight ahead leads to private farmland).
The track continues for another 200m through the bush to another viewing platform with looking out to the gorge upstream of the bridge.