Things to do in Hokitika

Top Things to Do in Hokitika

Things to Do in Hokitika

Top Attractions in Hokitika

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  • guennie3
    Cambridge, UK245 contributions
    We did this on a dull and rainy day but the colours were still spectacular. Don’t stop at the viewing platform-do the walk. We thought it was amazing when we reached the suspension bridge but it just got better and better. It used to be a loop but now ends at the waters edge. It really isn’t a long walk and is easy to do. Absolutely recommend this.
    Written 14 November 2023
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  • whitey7
    surrey173 contributions
    If you are passing through Hokitika, make sure it's dark and this is well worth a 20-30 mins stop and virtually no walk, to see numerous Glow Worms........ for free!
    Unsure on how this compares to a paid tour in Glow worm caves but to be honest? We saw these and ticked the Glow Worm box so didn't chase any other option.
    Do it, it's well worth the stop.
    Written 12 November 2023
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  • KristinNewZealand
    Whangamata, New Zealand11 contributions
    Fantastic trip. We were really well supported by the friendly Hokitika staff who provided local background information, shipped our gear between stops and arranged really good accommodation. We were supplied with KTM ebikes and they were perfect for the trail, allowing a couple of 70+ year olds to do the trail with ease and there were a couple of good climbs. We had 1 day only of wet weather but go prepared to soak it up. Didn't deter us at all and we maid new friends and had a good time.
    Written 7 May 2023
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  • Kathleen S
    Ashburton, Canterbury, New Zealand305 contributions
    Its a lovely place to visit, although many of the areas where you can get to the edge of the water (few) are not dog friendly. We did enjoy the drive and found a small bay where we could play with doggo.
    Written 24 August 2023
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  • dianedinky
    Dunfermline, UK734 contributions
    Was in town for a lunch stop (very pretty place with lots of nice craft shops) and took a look at the beach. Lovely driftwood sculptures and white sand. Also has a swinging seat you can go on and and old ship.
    Written 9 June 2023
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  • ChristchurchJules
    Christchurch108 contributions
    The 4/5 is actually a reflection on me and not the setup. I am scared of heights and found it very challenging. I was so focused on putting 1 foot in front of the other and holding on that I didn't appreciate the beauty of the setting. My husband stopped at each info point to read the fact sheet, but I just had to keep going. Once I got to the last section, I managed to relax and even walk back a bit to try and challenge myself more.
    I didn't go up the tower nor out onto the cantilever part, but my husband did. He loved it all.
    I had wrongly assumed that I would be amongst the trees, but most of it was quite open, and I just looked straight ahead or up. It's great that I could walk holding onto the sides, and the structure does feel very safe.
    The café, toilets, and shop are great and I just wish I wasn't so pathetic because obviously heaps of effort has been put into making this a top quality attraction.
    Written 21 September 2023
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  • Janette K
    113 contributions
    Great rainy day activity experiencing the Repair shed for engines livery and boating relics of the past illustrating mining and timber milling industries and the way of life from the mid 1800s. Highlights were the range of fire engines across the decades and the guided tour by Gilby with all his stories to bring the exhibits alive. Highly recommend. Donations
    Written 11 April 2023
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  • AllanJGJ
    Wellington, New Zealand3,831 contributions
    This lovely old building only has one room open to the public given it needs earthquake strenghtening, and sadly there seems to be few if any original features inside. But the outside of the building is a quite lovely Victorian structure. And check out the history of the building - funded by the famous Scottish-American philanthropist Andrew Carnegie.
    Written 8 February 2020
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  • GemGem
    50 contributions
    Despite this costing us a bit more than we hoped to pay, We had the best time at the national kiwi centre. So much to see, do and learn about..very hands on and interactive. Feeding the eels and watching the kiwi eat their kai were wonderful experiences and the kids loved the play room and catching the crawlies. We spent a good 2.5hrs exploring. Brilliant on a wild wet west coast day. Staff were knowledable and helpful and the hunt for the nemo sticker to redeem for a chocolate fish upon leaving was the icing on the cake.
    Written 7 April 2023
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  • Graham T
    Clare Valley, Australia35 contributions
    hey we went to dorothy falls, be aware your gps may take you to the opposite side of the lake - you will spend 3.5 kms walking to find a dry bed, 7kms round trip. The actual dorothy falls was easily found and no walking was required. AS you approach the lake - follow the road to your left - gps will want to take you right - follow the natural contour of the lake and the falls are sign posted once going in the right direction. The right turn will take you to a nice park and toilets, good spot for lunch.
    Written 5 November 2023
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  • rlwooly
    The Villages, FL50 contributions
    We customarily buy a piece of local art as a memento of our travels & this gallery was the perfect place to pick something up. Definitely a must see! We enjoyed the great variety available from prints to sculpture. Keep your eyes open so you don't miss a thing!
    Written 7 June 2023
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  • mang0eric
    Boulder, CO20 contributions
    The Wilderness Gallery is spectacular. You'll find crafts and photos that are stunning, in a physical space that's beautiful, welcoming, calming, and elegant. Stop in and fall in love with a beautiful photograph or piece of art.

    Juergen is a delight, and he's a master photographer. Nothing's photo-shopped, his work is the real deal.
    Written 17 February 2023
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  • NorthStar10737331522
    3 contributions
    Great atmosphere , friendly staff relaxed feeling . Affordable pricing .
    Definitely recommend a must do in Hokitika for sure family friendly ( over 8s)
    Written 3 December 2023
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  • roaming_kiwi58
    Christchurch, New Zealand2,826 contributions
    Helpful staff, good selection of info leaflets and retail items. We stopped by here to pick up a leaflet about the town heritage walk. They have a notice up saying they are cashless, but I was able to pay for my single page leaflet with coins - I could have used eftpos, but it seemed hardly worth it for 50 cents!
    Written 1 April 2022
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  • Helena H
    London, UK1,112 contributions
    Went back here after 19 years since my last visit. Still a beautiful place you can no longer walk all the way along the wooden pier type structure which is a shame. It meant I couldn’t recreate the photo I took many years ago. It’s a lovely place when the wind and rain aren’t there are you get a great reflection. Nice walks. Worth the short drive from Hokitika.
    Written 20 February 2023
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