Hokitika is a gateway to the beautiful West Coast of New Zealand. An untamed natural wilderness spanning 600km of lowland forest, wild windswept beaches, rugged mountains and sacred rivers.
Hokitika is rich in Māori and European history. Situated at the mouth of the Arahura River, a traditional source of pounamu (greenstone/jade), Hokitika is renowned for its master stone carvers and greenstone galleries. Known as the Cool Little Town, Hokitika has a thriving community of gold jewellers, woodturners, potters and artists. Their galleries can be found amongst the historic buildings and cafes on the town’s historic walk. As the host the iconic Wild Food Festival at the end of every Summer, Hokitika is also gaining a reputation for amazing indigenous delicacies like whitebait.
Hokitika is a 3-hour drive from Christchurch via Arthur’s Pass and a 4-hour drive south from Nelson via State Highway 6. There are also daily flights operated by Air New Zealand between Christchurch and Hokitika.
Hikoi Waewae invites you to follow in the footsteps of their ancestors and walk the sacred Arahura river into our myths, legends and history of the beautiful West Coast.