Hokitika and the Hokitika Gorge – Attractions on the West Coast, NZ

Bridge over the Hokitika Gorge

The old gold mining town of Hokitika is the West Coast’smain tourism hub, hugging a wild and rugged strip of beach with clear views over the peaks of the Southern Alps to the east. It is a center of pounamu (New Zealand greenstone) production, and there are many boutiques to browse, showcasing a fine array of pounamu jewelry and carvings, as well as a clutch of other local artisan stores.

Just outside of town is Lake Kaniere with plenty of swimming and boating opportunities, while Hokitika Gorge with its aquamarine water surrounded by dense native forest offers great half-day hikes. Book lovers will also want to dally in town for a while, as this is the setting for the Booker Prize winning novel The Luminaries, which detailed life here during the gold rush.

Other fun things to do in Hokitika include relaxing on the town’s beach, or visiting the Hokitika Museum for its displays and exhibits relating to local history.

Location: State Highway 6

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