Top Choice Lake in Hokitika

Lake Kaniere

Lying at the heart of a 7000-hectare scenic reserve, beautiful Lake Kaniere is 8km long, 2km wide, 195m deep, and freezing cold as you'll discover if you swim. You may, however, prefer simply to camp or picnic at Ha…
Top Choice Museum in Hokitika

Hokitika Museum

Housed in the imposing Carnegie Building (1908), this is an exemplary provincial museum, with intelligently curated exhibitions presented in a clear, modern style. Highlights include the fascinating Whitebait! exhib…
Gallery in Hokitika

Jagosi Jade

Aden Hoglund carves traditional and modern Māori pieces from local stone; will make to order. For opening times, ring ahead or look for the roadside open sign.
Gallery in Hokitika

Hokitika Craft Gallery

The town's best one-stop shop, this co-op showcases a wide range of local work, including pounamu, jewellery, textiles, ceramics and woodwork.
Gallery in Hokitika

Hokitika Glass Studio

Glass art covering a continuum from garish to glorious; watch the blowers at the furnace on weekdays.
Gallery in Hokitika

Tectonic Jade

Admire and buy beautiful local pounamu pieces carved by Rex Scott.
Christian Site in Hokitika

St Mary's

This handsome Catholic church, completed in 1928, must be admired from the outside only as the Canterbury earthquakes effected its closure. Fundraising is currently underway to strengthen it.
Gorge in Hokitika

Hokitika Gorge

A picturesque 35km drive leads to Hokitika Gorge, a ravishing ravine with unbelievably turquoise waters coloured by glacial 'flour'. Photograph the scene from every angle via the short forest walkway and swingbridge…
Natural Feature in Hokitika

Glowworm Dell

On the northern edge of town, a short stroll from SH6 leads to this glowworm dell, an easy opportunity to enter the other-worldly home of NZ's native fungus gnat larvae (so not even a worm at all). An information pa…
Viewpoint in Hokitika

Sunset Point

A spectacular vantage point at any time of day, this is – as the name suggests – the primo place to watch the day's light fade away. Surfers, seagulls, longshore drift, and fish and chips: this is New Zealand.