There are great views to be had all around Hokitika: of Mt Cook from Blue Spur lodge, and you can see the mountains from just about everywhere. And don't forget the great view of the beach from the end of the main street.
Fondest memory: One of my fondest memories of Hokitika is of driving down the main street, with the snow capped mountains as a backdrop against the brilliant blue sky.
Favorite thing: For a small town of only 2000 or 3000 people, seeing Hokitika lit up at night like this was a pleasant surprise - mainly the clock in the main street. I rather enjoyed looking at it. A focal point for the main street at night time as well as during the day.
When we we arrived in the town in the late afternoon, and went for a short walk in the town centre, it was to find ourselves right on the beach within 2 minutes, just behind the last row of shops.
The beach even in daytime was amazing - very rough, crashing waves, and the only beach I've ever seen that was completely littered with old and often gnarled driftwood.
We decided there and then to come back at sunset and see what it was like.
Fondest memory: This is my most wonderful memory of Hokitika, and indeed one of the top 5 memories of the whole New Zealand trip.
It was especially special because so many days had been wet, so our chances of even seeing ANY sunset, especially at the beach, seemed extremely low. But this night, we were so very lucky, along with many other people who also had the same idea, though we were all spaced out quite some distance with our cameras, and could still feel like we had the beach to ourselves, or at least a big piece of it.
Favorite thing: This centrepiece of Hokitika is a memorial to soldiers who fell in the Boer War 1899-1902 and commemorates the coronation of Edward VII. The memorial was officially unveiled by Premier Richard Seddon on 3 June 1903.
Favorite thing: NZ being so famous for its sheep, I wasn't terribly surprised to see this huge model of a sheep outside a building (no doubt selling sheepskin products). A rather outstanding icon of the town...