Hokitika is a cool little town and a "must-stay" destination on the West Coast. Imagine those fun-filled, relaxed holidays you used to have, then throw in better coffee, a wild beach, awesome sunsets, mountain views and great cafes and galleries.
Don’t rush! It’s common to hear “I wish we had stayed in Hokitika longer. There is so much to see and do.” Hokitika's central West Coast location means it is also a great place to base yourself to see the West Coast's most popular natural attractions with the Hokitika Gorge, Punakaiki's Pancake Rocks and the Franz Josef Glacier great day trips. So stay awhile to enjoy the slower pace of life, have a chat and soak in the view with us.
Our friendly staff are more than happy to help you plan and organise your West Coast Holiday. Here are some suggestions of top things to do in Hokitika and on the West Coast:
At the Kiwi exhibition, you can engage directly with our wildlife keeper to learn more about New Zealand’s fascinating flightless birds. See these endangered birds up close in their nocturnal home, which is a custom-built replica of their natural environment.
Kiwis are an endangered species found only in New Zealand and the National Kiwi Centre takes great pride in supporting conservation efforts to keep these wonderful birds alive and thriving
A uniquely wild and wonderful destination of discovery. Recharge, refresh and enjoy great local foods in the comfort of the Mahinapua Café nestled quietly beside the tranquil Johnnies Creek.
Relax to the birdsong tranquillity as you take in the scenery; the mirror finished lake amid ancient Rimu and Kamahi trees with the snow-capped mountains in the distance.
Enjoy freedom kayaking or a cruise aboard the Eco Adventurer. Capture the picturesque beauty of the Mahinapua waterways along the original route used by pioneers, gold diggers and early explorers. Experience majestic views of Mt.Cook and the Southern Alps and outstanding West Coast flora, fauna and native rain forests.
A family owned business that creates some of the worlds finest glassware. Every piece is made in the workshop which you can watch being made while you peruse the extensive range of glass items in the studio.