Hokitika Travel Guide

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    Town view.
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    Sunset from our room.
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Hokitika Highlights

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     A good range of activities to do, beautiful mountain backdrop with snowy peaks. 

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     It rains a bit in Summer 

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     Great base, great place to chill 

Hokitika Things to Do

  • Glass Blowing Studio

    Located on Weld Street this business offers free viewing of the art of glass blowing or design. It was amazing to see how the artist turned a blob of molten glass into a Kiwi.

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  • The House of Wood

    You can find nicely crafted bowls, flower vase, coasters, etc. After looking at the items and doing a quick mental run-through of whether some of these things might look good in our home, we thought it'll be best for us to pass as these items like the wooden bowls and coasters were not totally unique to New Zealand even though it's locally made.We...

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  • Glass Blowing in town

    The streets around town is somewhat of a big art gallery. Jac and I walked into the Hokitika Glass Studio to watch the master glassblower at work. Boy, were they good. In compensation to their skill, the prices that these little things go by were also...wow mind blowing too.

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  • Hokitika Glass Studio

    What an amazing place, you can watch the employees blowing glass while you are there looking at all the amazing glass sculptures. Be sure to make your purchase here, I saw items from this Hokitika Glass Studio being sold in Christchurch for more than double the price.

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  • Hokitika

    There's not much to do in Hokitika, but take a visit to a Jade factory and see Jade ornaments etc being made, which is cool. Also the photo of the clock is one of the most photographed things here, it's on all the postcards. There's nothing special about Hokitika, a good stop off if you're on your way to the glaciers.

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  • Visit the Glow Worms in their Dell

    Until visiting Hokitika, I knew about the Farmer in the Dell, but I didn't know that was also the hideout of the glow worms. As we came in to Hokitika, we passed a sign to their dell. So, after darkness had come in Hokitika and we had had our dinner, we were sitting wondering what to do with ourselves, until we remembered the little glow worms! So,...

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Hokitika Restaurants

  • Good Food at a Good Price

    Stumpers is your standard cafe/bar with an open dining area. The ambience is casual friendly; the service good and the food great. I had the Fish & Chips which was beautifully battered Blue Cod , a crips salad and home-style Tartare sauce.My mother had the soup - Potato, Leek and Chilli - and she is still talking about it!

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  • Good food, but a bit trendy

    I'm not quite sure about the larger than life New Orleans-esque mural on the wall with a big jazz theme, particularly since the music that they had playing was more of a pop-40.There are lots of tall tables so you can easily find a place after ordering your food at the counter. The menu is written on chalk boards on the wall, and there are some...

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  • A Quiet Dinner

    Jac and I were walking up and down Weld Street and Revelle Street not knowing where we should eat. We ended up at the least exciting place - Porky's Takeaway.Since we had the entire night to ourselves, we thought we'd dine-in. It was not too crowded with just a couple people waiting for their take-aways. Actually, there was no crowd at all. We were...

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  • Danecas Coffee Corner

    Danecas Coffee Corner is located at Weld St which is just beside the Hokitika Clock Tower.Their specials are the Ham Steak with chips and salad and French Onion Soup.Drop by for some muffins and Tip Top ice creams.It is located just below Mountain Jade Backpackers where we stay. Its in the centre of the town so you hardly could miss it.

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  • Porky's Fast Food - Fish & Chips

    Porky's Fast Food served one of the best Fish & Chips in South Island.The fast food outlet was operated by some asian.Place your order at the counter and receive a ticket no. Collect your order when your no. is called put by the staff. There were long queue especially at dinner time. We just pack our food up and ate it in our backpackers.

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  • Filling Station Cafe

    Filling Station Cafe has an ever changing menu and daily specials.You can choose to dine alfresco or indoor in this popular streetside cafe offering diners a wide variety of breaksfast and lunch and excellent Chiasso coffee.We have to hunt for it as there is no clear signs for this cafe.

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Hokitika Nightlife

  • Glow Worm Dell

    Glow Worm Dell is located near the Historic Lighthouse along Seaview Hill Road.From the roadside at the northern town entrance there is a 50 m track which leads to the Glow Worm Dell.The track is easy and it is recommended that you bring along torch light.Free viewing of glow worm colonies and lovely fern grotto in the day.

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  • The Pub

    After dark, I would imagine that quite a lot of Hokitika's nightlife would centre around the pub, being a small town and all.

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Hokitika Shopping

  • Glass Art

    The shop features an area where the art of glass blowing/design is displayed. This is a local craft and beautiful pieces range from souvenir nick nacks to large home design items.I bought a little hand crafted Penguin.Check the link below for a list of items available and their prices. My little penguin cost me ~ $45 NZ

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  • Beautiful works of art

    I didn't buy my Pounamu in Hokitika but it was made by a Hokitika carver.There are a few shops in the town but I bought some earrings for my sister from the Mâori Heritage Centre. Nephrite Jade, New Zealand Greenstone or Pounamu - all names for a beautiful stone; mainly shades of green but it also is found in other colours from almost black,...

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  • Buy a Little Bit of New Zealand...

    I had been searching during my NZ trip to find the best price on a jade twist pendant. I found a pretty good price for it here in Hokitika at the Jade Factory. And the factory definitely had one of the best selections of different pieces that I saw. If you are in Hokitika and need to do some shopping, make sure you stop by. You can't miss it...

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Hokitika Local Customs

  • Wildfoods Festival

    The Hokitika Wildfoods Festival are held in March each year. For 2006, it will be held on 11 Mar.The population swells to over 20,000 for that weekend. The town comes alive to music, wild bush food and Monteiths Beer.

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  • Bonfires on the beach

    You find plenty of driftwood over the beach at Hokitika and this drifwood is great for burning on bonfires

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  • Toasting marshmellows over the bonfire

    When you stay at this backpacker the hosts Colleen and Ray always light up a bon fire on the beach and like to invite anyone out talk while toasting marshmellows over the flames. Great idea and you can get to meet other guests

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Hokitika Warnings and Dangers

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    by rozehill Written Jan 18, 2003

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    On this part of the West Coast there are insects which insist on biting, sand flies and mosquitoes. A useful deterrent to use is simple, mix equal parts of an oil, (we use baby oil) and dettol, (both products readily available in supermarkets) shake and rub into your exposed body parts. But if you still get attacked "Stingoes" cream is very helpful to relieve the itching!!

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Hokitika Tourist Traps

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    by Sar77 Written Aug 10, 2004

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    many people may disagree with me on this one as many of the townies recommended it but we found Jackie Grants eco world to be a joke. Poorly lit, no signs up to tell us what we are looking at and a few dead eels and frogs floating around. It seems Jackie spent all of her money on the big ass sign she has outside the place with her picture on it. The kiwi birds did make up for it somewhat and if you can get there during the eels feeding time it may be worth it.

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Hokitika Off The Beaten Path

  • Dont Miss The Gorge

    We stumbled upon Hokitika Gorge while net surfing pictures of the South Island. There are lots of photos on the net but not a lot of information. From the photos we saw we knew it was something we had to see and were not disappointed. We got a local map once we were in town and made our way to the gorge. Aprrox 33km south of the township and about...

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  • Hari Hari's Wanganui River

    Located on the right side of the road near Hari Hari is Wanganui River. People of the past used to pan for gold here. People of the present do their rafting here. Stop by the river and be immersed in the cool breeze brought about by the rapids.

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  • Hari Hari in a flurry

    Hari Hari is a small dairy farming settlement located in between the Glaciers and Hokitika. Here's a place where there are more cows than sheeps. Another scenic stop before trodding along to the Glaciers.

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Hokitika Sports & Outdoors

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    by fishandchips Updated Dec 12, 2005

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    The Lake Kaniere triathalon is held every year in march and is a great event. It's one of the more beautiful given its location but you aren't often appreciating the beauty of the place as you do the course. The tri is really a multisport event as it starts with an 11km run followed by an 8km Kayak then finishes with a 20km cycle.

    Equipment: The usual gear is needed - kayak, bike & running shoes - plus a good support crew!!

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Hokitika Favorites

  • Town centre of Hokitika

    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. One of my fondest memories of Hokitika is of driving down the main street, with the snow capped mountains as a backdrop against...

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  • Sheep

    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...

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  • Hokitika township at night

    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.

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