Welcome to Hokitika


Radiant sunsets and a glowworm dell add extra sparkle to this coastal idyll, though many visitors prefer to work up a sweat: Hokitika accesses the West Coast Wilderness Trail as well as view-laden tramps at Lakes Kaniere and Mahinapua.


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$1223.95 Multi-day & Extended Tours

10-Day South Island Adventure from Christchurch

Day 1: Christchurch to Franz Josef Travel over the famous Arthur’s Pass to the historic gold mining town of Greymouth and then down onto the West Coast. You will visit Hokitika, famous for pounamu (jade), en route to Franz Josef, home of the mighty glacier.Accommodation: Lodge in the rainforestDay 2: Free day in Franz JosefThe day is spent in Franz Josef, a World Heritage area. As well as the glacier, the area is famous for its excellent walking trails. There are many great options, but a guided trip (at passenger's own expense) will enable you to get closer to the glacier.Accommodation: Lodge in the rainforestDay 3: Franz Josef to WanakaDepart early to visit Lake Matheson for a walk at this amazing mirror-like lake, stop at Fox Glacier for pickups, and then travel through the mountainous Haast Pass and Makarora. We pass by the beautiful Lake Hawea and arrive in Wanaka by late afternoon.Accommodation: Central HostelActivities: Walk Lake Matheson, visit Blue Pools, explore Wanaka.Day 4: Wanaka to Queenstown Take a scenic bike ride around the lake before we depart Wanaka and cruise down to the famous A.J. Hackett bungy site, where you can bungy if you dare! Then, it’s on to the ‘Adventure Capital of the World!’, the vibrant lakeside town of Queenstown.Accommodation: Central HostelActivities: Scenic bike ride (suitable for all levels)Days 5, 6 & 7: Queenstown With so much to see and do in and around Queenstown, you need three full days to take it all in! You'll also get to experience the exhilarating Shotover Jet Boat ride (Day 5) and take a day trip to the spectacular Doubtful Sound in Fiordland National Park (Day 6). Other optional activities are at your own expense.Accommodation: Central HostelActivities: Shotover Jet, Doubtful Sound day tripDay 8: Queenstown to Mt CookTonight we stay at the base of New Zealand's tallest mountain, Mount Cook. Head out on a hike among awe-inspiring scenery. It's the perfect place for stargazing too!Accommodation: Stunning alpine lodge.Day 9: Mt Cook to RangitataWe make our way through the 'Lord of the Rings' landscape past turquoise Lake Tekapo, where we stop for ice-skating, snow tubing or a swim at the hot springs. After lunch, we will continue to our overnight stop in Rangitata Peel Forest.Accommodation: One of Canterbury's original sheep stationsDay 10: Rangitata to ChristchurchThis morning, you will have the opportunity to sign up to a Lord of the Rings tour or to explore the stunning Peel Forest scenery on horseback. We’ll arrive in Christchurch late afternoon. We hope you had a blast!

$2147.94 Multi-day & Extended Tours

14-Day South Island Adventure Tour from Christchurch

Day 1: Depart Christchurch Airport and travel to Hanmer Springs to relax in the thermal hot pools.Day 2: Start the day with an invigorating walk up Conical Hill before we head to Kaikoura where you can spot marine life.Day 3: Travel north along rugged coastal roads to the seaside port town of Picton.Day 4: Sample a wine at a local vineyard before heading to the fabulous Abel Tasman National Park.Day 5: Today is a free day to explore the Abel Tasman National Park. Walk along the stunning golden sand beaches, hop on a sailboat or go kayaking.Day 6: Travel the scenic Arthur’s Pass to the West Coast. You visit Hokitika, famous for pounamu (jade), before your day ends in Franz Josef, home to Franz Josef Glacier. Day 7: The day is spent in Franz Josef so you can explore the glacier or walking trails. Day 8: Visit Lake Matheson, New Zealand’s most photographed lake, before heading to Mount Aspiring National Park where you go jet boating! Day 9: Doubtful Sound is a true treasure of New Zealand and today you will board a purpose-built boat for an overnight cruise. Look out for fur seals, penguins and dolphins. Day 10: Today head for the "adventure capital of the world", Queenstown. Queenstown is known for its nightlife with excellent restaurants, pubs, nightclubs and live music. Day 11 - 12: You have two free days to fully explore. Queenstown is a great place to spend a few days, no matter your past-time of choice. Some optional activities may include AJ Hackett Bungy, Canyon Swing, Skyline Gondola and Luging (own expense).  Day 13: Back on the bus, head for Wanaka to spend the morning on a scenic bike ride along the lakeside. After lunch, journey north to your next overnight stop at the base of New Zealand's highest mountain, Aoraki/Mt Cook. Day 14: Stop for a break on the shores of turqouise Lake Tekapo and you have the option to join a thrilling white water rafting adventure on the Rangitata River in the afternoon. Those not rafting will carry on to Christchurch, meeting the rafters later in the evening. This is where your tour comes to an end. Accommodation: Comfortable accommodation situated in great locations, staying in a range of cabins, lodges or local hostels

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West Coast Tree Top Walk Experience

Visit: Westcoast Treetop Walk & CafeFinding your way here is simple as we are just 15 minutes south of Hokitika as you head to Franz Josef Glacier. Once you are in our car park you will see the Cafe, Gift Shop and Ticketing all located in the building just a short stroll over Johnny's Creek. Once you have your ticket for the Tree Top Walk the team will provide you a briefing and supply you with your self guiding brochure. There is a 300 metre up hill walk (on site transport is available if you need assistance) and as you progress along you will see the walkway structure and the majestic Lake Mahinapua. Your brochure guide will supply you great detail about the surrounding area, trees and wildlife. Along the entire walk there are a number of interruption panels providing you additional information. To get the full benefit and enjoyment of the walk, after all you are on holiday, the walk will take around 45 minutes, but you can take all day up to closing if you wish. Once back at the building you can enjoy great coffee, drinks, food and even some gift shopping. The walk is suitable for all ages and is accessible for strollers and wheelchairs.

$3557.21 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Private Tour: 8-Day South Island Tour from Christchurch Including Franz Josef, Wanaka and Queenstown

Start your 8-day South Island tour with an airport transfer from Christchurch Airport to your central Christchurch hotel. Alternatively, if you are already in town you can opt for a hotel-to-hotel transfer for a hassle-free start to your tour. Your tour includes a choice of three different types of accommodation in Christchurch, Hokitika, Franz Josef, Wanaka, Queenstown and Lake Tekapo. All hotels are centrally located for maximum convenience, and you’ll have time to explore each of these incredible South Island towns at leisure in between excursions.

$1575.62 Multi-day & Extended Tours

9-Day South Island Adventure from Christchurch

Day 1: Depart from Chirstchurch Airport and travel via the famous Arthur’s Pass and down to the West Coast. En route you will visit Hokitika, famous for pounamu (jade) before arriving in Franz Josef, home of the mighty glacier. (D) Day 2: The day is spent in Franz Josef, a World Heritage area. As well as the glacier, the area is famous for its excellent walking trails. There are many great options but a guided trip (at passengers own expense) will enable you to get closer to the glacier. (B) Day 3: Head down the coast toward Mount Aspiring National Park, stopping at Lake Matheson, New Zealand’s most photographed lake. On arrival in Mount Aspiring National Park, go jet boating. Experience the best in shallow water boating while skimming just inches from the riverbed, see pristine waterways, snow-capped peaks and native bush. (B, D) Day 4: Your first port of call is Fiordland National Park. Located within the Park is Doubtful Sound, a true treasure of New Zealand. You will board a purpose-built boat and, with the help of a nature guide, you’ll see fur seals, penguins and dolphins. The night is spent on the boat, anchored within a secluded bay. (B, D) Day 5: Departing midday we leave behind the stunning Fiordland to head for the "adventure capital of the world", Queenstown. Queenstown is a bit of a party-town with excellent restaurants, pubs, nightclubs and live music. (B) Day 6 - 7: You have two free days to fully explore everything on offer. Queenstown is a great place to spend a few days, no matter your past-time of choice. Some optional activities may include AJ Hackett Bungy, Canyon Swing, Skyline Gondola and Luging (own expense). (B) Day 8: Jump back on the bus for a short drive to Wanaka to spend the morning on a scenic bike ride around the lake. After lunch, journey through the picturesque Mackenzie region to the base of New Zealand's highest mountain, Aoraki/Mt Cook, where you have time for an afternoon hike through the stunning Hooker Valley or opt to take an alpine scenic flight (own expense). (B, D) Day 9: Today, make your way through a landscape made famous in the 'Lord of the Rings' films. You'll stop on the shores of turquoise Lake Tekapo to stretch our legs and take some photos. You have the option to join a thrilling white water rafting adventure on the Rangitata River (own expense) or carry on to Christchurch where your driver will point out the city's highlights to you. Rafter will rejoin the group in Christchurch in the evening, where your tour officially comes to an end. (B)

$3388.89 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Private 5-Night South Island Tour from Christchurch

A short direct itinerary with just the essential sights and activities. From National Parks and hot pools to incredible coastline with opportunities to add on activities and encounter the amazing wildlife NZ has to offer. Activities, accommodation and meals not included. Personal driver/guide for the duration of tour included.Meet and greet at airport and transfer to your accommodation (or start from your accommodation) then small city tour of Christchurch with hill top view from Victoria Park , transfer to your accommodation in Christchurch .Next day transfer to the train station for your journey to Arthur's Pass with train(extra) or choose to travel in an SUV with a short stop to admire Arthur's Pass National Park with short walks included. Continue towards Punakaiki via Lake Brunner for lunch(own expense) and later onward to the West Coast , overnight in Hokitika or Punakaiki according to your reservation. Next day we travel towards Hanmer Springs passing through the Buller Gorge. 1 night in Hanmer .Next day we head to Kaikoura and a chance to do a whale watch tour(extra) and look at NZ fur Seals, dolphins and sperm whales among the sights-extra options can be arranged with helicopter ,small plane or by boat. Overnight in Kaikoura. Last day we head home to Christchurch and possible to have a wine tasting tour savoring the Waipara Valley renowned wines with or without lunch (extra). Kaikoura and Hanmer both offer some interesting golf.Transfer to your accommodation in Christchurch tour can be personalized . Next day transfer to the airport.