A good range of activities to do, beautiful mountain backdrop with snowy peaks.
It rains a bit in Summer
Great base, great place to chill
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...more
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.more
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.more
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,...more
State Highway 6, 30 km north of Haast, Lake Moeraki, South Island, 7842, New Zealand
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52 Fitzherbert Street, Hokitika, South Island, New Zealand
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214 Weld Street, Hokitika, 7810, New Zealand
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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!more
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...more
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...more
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.more
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.more
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.more
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.more
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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 NZmore
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,...more
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...more
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!!
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.
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...more
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!!
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...more