The locals refer to Hokitika as a “cool little town,” and they’re not too far off the mark. This small town packs a lot of punch, and is a popular vacation destination for locals as well as international travelers looking to explore the South Westland World Heritage Area.
The city is easily accessible either by car from virtually all areas of New Zealand, or via the busy Hokitika Airport
, which serves regional and international flights daily.
The small size of Hokitika makes it a walker’s paradise, with the spectacular views of the ocean being located right by the city center. This beachside city is exceptionally picturesque, with many opportunities to get out there and explore the sites on foot. Of course, Hokitika is located in a temperate rainforest, so chances are pretty high that it might rain at least during some portion of one’s trip to this town, so keep indoor attractions like the National Kiwi Center
and the West Coast Historical Museum
on backup for the rainy days.
Find out where the rest of Hokitika’s hotels, attractions, and must-see destinations are located by exploring the interactive map on this page.