Hokitika, which is known as the home of the treasured Greenstone or Pounamu, is the ideal spot to base yourself while you explore the untouched rugged beauty of the West Coast of the South Island.
Traversing the magnificent Southern Alps, Hokitika is approx. 3 hours drive from Christchurch.
The breath-taking Pancake Rocks lie only 1 hour 20 minutes drive north of Hokitika and the world famous Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers approximately 2 hours drive south. There are also many beautiful scenic lakes, rain forest, mountains and coastline in between. To stay in Hokitika means you can explore the area leisurely, ensuring full appreciation of the Coast's natural beauty.
Take time to wander the streets of the quaint seaside township of Hokitika. Be greeted with a smile from the locals as you visit the many craft and jewellery shops. Take time to visit the sites which are significant to the history of the gold rush days of the area. There are of course many Jade Galleries to browse and purchase your own pieces of the beautiful and treasured Pounamu.
Take a walk along the Hokitika River to the mouth, where it meets with the rugged and wild Tasman Sea. Imagine the sailing ships that once docked along the banks of the river and learn about the unfortunate fate of many a settler as they tried to cross the "unforgiving" Hokitika Bar. Sit and contemplate as you witness stunning sunsets with colours so vibrant they leave you in awe.
Hokitika (Maori) meaning "Place of Return"
Take time out of your busy travel itinerary to relax and experience the
The West Coast of the South Island - New Zealand's best kept secret.
Hokitika - guaranteed to live up to its name
Truely a place to return to.
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