Hokitika, New Zealand's greenstone & gold capital, is a location not to be missed for any tourist, international or local, looking for a holiday. of the nicest places to stay on the West Coast, Hokitika has a lot to offer any visitor. A great relatives getaway - ideal for those looking for some quality time spent together outside, it's a New Zealand experience for somebody looking for a great holiday.
Greenstone [Pounamu], gold & coal have all brought people to the region & although lots of had mixed luck when it came to making their fortunes it definitely makes the area a great place to discover more about New Zealand's early years. In the event you are heading to the West Coast to explore more of the country, Hokitika is an excellent place to base yourself.
One of the best times of the year to visit the region is in summer for the Wild Foods Festival - an event that draws people from around the country. Stalls are set up with a range of strange & fascinating delicacies for you to sample; Huhu grubs, Lamb's tails, Sheep brain, Possum & Earthworms are a quantity of the strange things that draw a crowd. Entertainers keep the festival's mood high & the event makes another great reason to visit.
For nature lovers, it is the ideal place to enjoy the outside. Scenic walks - like the Blue Spur that gives you matchless views of Hokitika valley - on lots of different tracks & trails that go through forests, past lakes & hiking routes that trek over glaciers are a short drive from town. You'll also get to see elderly Chinese gold mining workings in the re growth of native forest.